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"Maria Armoudian has written a gripping book that richly and passionately demonstrates the power and importance of media to the human condition. Rich in contemporary world history, Kill the Messenger is exactly the book the world needs to read in our perilous times." --Robert W. McChesney, co-author, The Life and Death of American Journalism

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Maria Armoudian (Los Angeles, CA) is the host and producer of a radio show called "The Insighters" on KPFK and WPRR. She is a fellow of the Center for International Studies and a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Printing (Numerals Begin with 1) edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616143878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616143879
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a well researched book that every person in the US should read. It helps to explain how newspapers, radio, and TV have contributed to the hostile political climate that now exists in the United States. It highlights the problem with media owned and/or controlled by groups that are more interested in propaganda than unbiased reporting.
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The emergence of mass society was one of the defining characteristics of the 20th Century. Enabled by population growth, industrialization, urbanization, rising rates of literacy, and advances in transportation and communications, mass society became a reality for growing numbers of people in more and more far-flung regions of the planet as the century unfolded. In turn, mass society facilitated the growth of Communism, Fascism, and other varieties of authoritarianism. Among the less extreme effects of this new phenomenon in human affairs were the advent of "public opinion," the globalization of fashion, and the rapid development of important new industries such as advertising, public relations, and broadcast journalism. The "mass communications" we have taken for granted for so many years now were, properly speaking, an artifact of the 20th Century.

In Kill the Messenger, political scientist and radio broadcaster Maria Armoudian ably examines the central role of mass media in human affairs over the course of the century. Through brief case studies of events in Nazi Germany, Rwanda, and the former states of Yugoslavia, she explores the influential -- and perhaps essential -- function of the media as an enabler of genocide. Armoudian shows how authoritarian regimes in South Africa, Chile, Taiwan, and Burundi made similar efforts to harness the media to help promote the murder, torture, and imprisonment of their own citizens but with much more mixed results. In South Africa, for example, she reveals how new attitudes in the news media helped bring about a largely peaceful conclusion to the era of apartheid. However, Kill the Messenger is about mass media's place in society, not just its relationship with governments.
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This book is a must read for everyone, not just journalists or scholars or policy wonks. Beautifully written, engaging, incredibly researched, but most of all, heartfelt, Maria Armoudian's Kill the Messenger tells the vital stories of the impact of media on our perceptions of the world, and how we are either motivated to act in the face of injustice, or, because of the media's impact on us, we decide turn our eyes away. I cannot recommend it enough.
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