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useful, if extremely basic, intro to modern media
on May 31, 2012
This is a good book about the evolution of the media, written at the undergraduate or even high school level. The core idea is that there is a potential serious conflict between the necessity to make a profit and the mission of news providers to seek the public good, the truth, etc. This is a worthy question to ask, particularly in a semi-textbook, and the author comes down in favor of regulation and independence from the whims of owners, e.g. Rupert Murdoch.
There are 4 trends: 1) growth via M&A of media corporations; 2) integration of different kinds of media in some companies, e.g. print, TV, internet; 3) globalization of offerings; 4) concentration of ownership. The rest is historical detail.
I can't say that I learned all that much, but this is a useful resource, presented systematically. Recommended.