- Paperback: 589 pages
- Publisher: Monthly Review Press (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583671617
- ISBN-13: 978-1583671610
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas
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About the Author
Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Political Economy of Media, Communication Revolution, The Problem of the Media, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy.
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It connects vital issues to their broader context and points out the implications of media trends in recent decades. It is well-researched and authoritative, written in clear, lucid, compelling prose.
The book addresses a wide variety of topics, including the film industry, journalism, television news, corporate consolidation of media, and the radio. The author places the media industries in broad historical context and helps you understand their evolution and its implications for our society. Truly an important book for our age.
If you buy only one book on media issues, I would recommend this one. I learned something important on every page.
McChesney classifies himself as a Political Economist of Media: a member of the class of media critics who aren't afraid to scrutinize the structure of the media, economy, and political system being analyzed. By viewing the most pressing issues in communications today without being afraid to examine the role of the institutions the issues are situated in, Political Economists of Media in general and McChesney in particular are able to gain a perspective that is both unusually broad and long.
The result is that the book raises profoundly under-asked questions that address core issues facing every member of American society, and the book hints at solutions that might rely on incredibly radical reforms. However, if you read the book objectively, you'll be more convinced than ever that our system is fatally flawed and the only types of reforms that will work will be very radical indeed.
"This book contains a gross error of an incident about me that was widely, and accurately, covered by other media, most notably the Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review. (See "Blasting the Boss in Boston", Stephen J. Simurda, Columbia Journalism Review, September 2000.) I contacted McChesney when I discovered it; he apologized and said he would correct it in any future editions of this book. There have, however, been no future editions and it would be good of him to uphold the journalistic responsibility about which he so passionately preaches by providing an insert to any copies sold. I have no knowledge that he has done so. Readers should therefore be forewarned of the scholarly deficiency of this work."
Well, guess what? The new book is copyrighted 2008 - at least six years after our conversation - and contains the same error. This is beyond unacceptable and renders worthless any criticism McChesney may have of the evils of mainstream media or whatever he is railing about. Ridiculous.