Problem of the Media U. S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 1583671056

ISBN-13: 9781583671054

Edition: 2004

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Praise for Robert W. McChesney "Robert McChesney's work has been of extraordinary importance. . . . It should be read with care and concern by people who care about freedom and basic rights." Noam Chomsky "Robert McChesney is one of the nation's most important analysts of the media." Howard Zinn The symptoms of the crisis of the U.S. media are well-knowna decline in hard news, the growth of info-tainment and advertorials, staff cuts and concentration of ownership, increasing conformity of viewpoint and suppression of genuine debate. McChesney's new book,The Problem of the Media, gets to the roots of this crisis, explains it, and points a way forward for the growing media reform movement. Moving consistently from critique to action, the book explores the political economy of the media, illuminating its major flashpoints and controversies by locating them in the political economy of U.S. capitalism. It deals with issues such as the declining quality of journalism, the question of bias, the weakness of the public broadcasting sector, and the limits and possibilities of antitrust legislation in regulating the media. It points out the ways in which the existing media system has become a threat to democracy, and shows how it could be made to serve the interests of the majority. McChesney'sRich Media, Poor Democracywas hailed as a pioneering analysis of the way in which media had come to serve the interests of corporate profit rather than public enlightenment and debate. Bill Moyers commented, "If Thomas Paine were around, he would have written this book."The Problem of the Mediais certain to be a landmark in media studies, a vital resource for media activism, and essential reading for concerned scholars and citizens everywhere.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 367
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Political Problem, Political Solutions
Media, Markets, and Policies
U.S. Media System Not "Naturally" Profit Driven
Subsidizing the Press
The Rise of Broadcasting
The Neoliberal Period
Understanding U.S. Journalism I: Corporate Control and Professionalism
Journalism's Great Crisis
Rise of Professional Journalism
Limitations of Professional Journalism
The Commercialization of Journalism
Covering the Corporate Scandal
Understanding U.S. Journalism II: Right-Wing Criticism and Political Coverage
Conservative Critique of the "Liberal Media"
Right-Wing Political Campaign against the Media
Partisan Coverage in Peace and War
Journalism's Litmus Test: Election Coverage
Missing the Story--From DC to Florida
The Age of Hyper-Commercialism
Rise of Advertising
Hyper-Commercialism and Media
The Crumbling Wall
Hyper-Commercialism's New Frontiers
Advertising and Policy
The Market Uber Alles
Is the Media System a Competitive Market?
Conglomeration and Synergy
Is the Market Appropriate to Regulate Media?
Creativity versus Commerce in the Conglomerate Era
So Do Commercial Media Give People What They Want?
The Case for the Status Quo
Media Policies and Media Reform
Technology and the Internet
Policy Making in the Internet Era
Media Ownership Policies
Media and Antitrust Law
Public Broadcasting, Yesterday and Today
Invigorating Public Media
The Uprising of 2003
Media Reform Movement Comes to Life
Powell and Copps Take the Stage
Beltway Opposition Stiffens
Powell's Three Arguments
Opposition Grows Beyond the Beltway
Left and Right Unite
From FCC to Congress
Trench Warfare
Epilogue: The Hardest Battle Has Been Won
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