- Series: Open Media Series
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Seven Stories Press; First Edition edition (March 11, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888363479
- ISBN-13: 978-1888363470
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy (Open Media Series) First Edition Edition
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If we believe that an informed populace is an integral part of a successfully active democracy, writes Robert W. McChesney, then the commercial basis of U.S. media, in which a substantial number of media outlets are owned by a handful of corporations, is definite cause for concern. When corporations control the flow of information, he suggests, they will inevitably do so in a way that promotes their own interests over those of the citizenry. From an analysis of the corporate influence over the 1934 Communications Act to a discussion of how media convergence might kill off hope of the Internet bringing about a revolution, he debunks the myth of an objective, liberal media and emphasizes the belief that issues of media ownership should be treated as matters of public policy rather than strictly business.
About the Author
ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY is a research professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. While teaching at Wisconsin, he was selected as one of the top 100 classroom teachers on the Madison campus.
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McChesney is not a conspiracy theorist. This book is loaded with solid data and analysis that shows how our news providers are owned and organized and allowed to operate. And it is written in plain, clear language that anyone can understand.
The book might be hard to accept for people who think they already have it all figured out, but for everyone else it goes a long way toward explaining how our news and politics can remain so static when virtually everyone is unhappy with what they are getting from both.
Get it, read it, and lend it out to everyone you know.
Any self-respecting editor would toss back this mass of supposition and innuendo and ask him to produce some substantiation.
There was barely a page that went by that I didn't have a question to ask. On p. 37, McChesney mentions commercial broadcasters became such a force in the early '30s that few politicians wished to antagonize them. He further states the few reformmers who challenged them were defeated in their re-election attempts, "a fate not lost on those who entered the next Congress."
But there's no support of that argument. No names are mentioned. Who lost elections because of this? And how many lost? >This book reads like many of the hand-wringing, woe-to-the-world books I read 20 years ago as an undergrad which today are laughable for their misguided alarmist nature. END