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Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1
     

Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

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by Robert D. McChesney
 

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ISBN-10: 1583671056

ISBN-13: 2901583671053

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

The symptoms of the crisis of the U.S. media are well-known—a 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

Overview

The symptoms of the crisis of the U.S. media are well-known—a 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, the state of media studies as an academic discipline, and the limits and possibilities of anti-trust 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's Rich Media, Poor Democracy was 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 Media is certain to be a landmark in media studies, a vital resource for media activism, and essential reading for concerned scholars and citizens everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901583671053
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

Preface7
1.Political Problem, Political Solutions16
Media, Markets, and Policies18
U.S. Media System Not "Naturally" Profit Driven25
Subsidizing the Press33
The Rise of Broadcasting38
The Neoliberal Period48
2.Understanding U.S. Journalism I: Corporate Control and Professionalism57
Journalism's Great Crisis58
Rise of Professional Journalism64
Limitations of Professional Journalism67
The Commercialization of Journalism77
Covering the Corporate Scandal89
3.Understanding U.S. Journalism II: Right-Wing Criticism and Political Coverage98
Conservative Critique of the "Liberal Media"99
Right-Wing Political Campaign against the Media111
Partisan Coverage in Peace and War118
Journalism's Litmus Test: Election Coverage123
Missing the Story--From DC to Florida132
4.The Age of Hyper-Commercialism138
Rise of Advertising139
Hyper-Commercialism and Media145
The Crumbling Wall153
Hyper-Commercialism's New Frontiers158
Advertising and Policy168
5.The Market Uber Alles175
Is the Media System a Competitive Market?176
Conglomeration and Synergy183
Is the Market Appropriate to Regulate Media?189
Creativity versus Commerce in the Conglomerate Era192
So Do Commercial Media Give People What They Want?198
The Case for the Status Quo205
6.Media Policies and Media Reform210
Technology and the Internet211
Policy Making in the Internet Era217
Media Ownership Policies224
Media and Antitrust Law235
Public Broadcasting, Yesterday and Today240
Invigorating Public Media248
7.The Uprising of 2003252
Media Reform Movement Comes to Life255
Powell and Copps Take the Stage259
Beltway Opposition Stiffens264
Powell's Three Arguments268
Opposition Grows Beyond the Beltway273
Left and Right Unite279
From FCC to Congress283
Trench Warfare288
Epilogue: The Hardest Battle Has Been Won295
Notes298
Index353

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