Whole World Is Watching Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left

ISBN-10: 0520239326
ISBN-13: 9780520239326
Edition: 2nd 2003
Authors: Todd Gitlin
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

"The whole world is watching!" chanted the demonstrators in the Chicago streets in 1968, as the TV cameras beamed images of police cracking heads into homes everywhere. In this classic book, originally published in 1980, acclaimed media critic Todd Gitlin first scrutinizes major news coverage in the early days of the antiwar movement. Drawing on his own experiences (he was president of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1963-64) and on interviews with key activists and news reporters, he shows in detail how the media first ignore new political developments, then select and emphasize aspects of the story that treat movements as oddities. He then demonstrates how the media glare made leaders into celebrities and estranged them from their movement base; how it inflated the importance of revolutionary rhetoric, destabilizing the movement, then promoted "moderate" alternatives--all the while spreading the antiwar message. Finally, Gitlin draws together a theory of news coverage as a form of anti-democratic social management--which he sees at work also in media treatment of the anti-nuclear and other later movements. Updated for 2003 with a new preface,The Whole World Is Watchingis a subtle and sensitive book, true to the passions and ironic reversals of its subject, and filled with provocative insights that apply to the media's relationship with all activist movements.

Todd Gitlin is a professor of culture, journalism, and sociology at New York University. He lives in New York City.

Preface to the 2003 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Images of a Movement
Preliminaries
Versions of SDS, Spring 1965
SDS in the Spotlight, Fall 1965
Media in the Making and Unmaking of the Movement
Organizational Crisis, 1965
Certifying Leaders and Converting Leadership to Celebrity
Inflating Rhetoric and Militancy
Elevating Moderate Alternatives: The Moment of Reform
Contracting Time and Eclipsing Context
Broadcasting and Containment
Hegemony, Crisis, and Opposition
Media Routines and Political Crises
Seventies Going on Eighties
App.: Sources and Methods
Selected Bibliography
Index

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