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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Sense But Will It Make Cents, May 22, 2010
This review is from: The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again (Hardcover)
A tad dry at times, but considering the broad topic pie charts and graphs seem to support the assertions made by the authors and aid in understanding some core issues.
This book is actually quite informative in regard to historical precedence. Early news/journalism was initially supported by a stamp tax during the time of Jefferson. As public discemination of news was popularized, it gave rise to news syndicates and corporate conglomerates which became sources of profitability via advertising. Furthering the decline of journalism and unbiased reporting was the mounting issue of increased revenues. Add to this sagging economic times, continued economic slumps affecting the revenues of all forms of media outlets, and the popularization of the internet, and we have a current disaster in the making.
The authors' contention is that this need not be the case. They offer some innovative and at times some traditional solutions to restoring news/journalism to its rightful place in a free and democratic society.
This book is informative and thought provoking. The proposals for remedying the problems defined make sense, but in these seriously troubled times with so much political bickering I wonder how long it will take for the problems addressed to be solved. This is a great book. Hope the topic addressed will not be slipped under the carpet or ignored altogether as my newspaper continues to shrink.
This is a great book for concerned citizens, journalists, and students of journalism.
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