Communication Revolution

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In Communication Revolution?both a sharp and cogent analysis of the history of media studies and a clarion call for citizen participation?Robert McChesney argues that with the Internet and wireless technology set to overtake traditional media, we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a more egalitarian communication system. He brilliantly shows how communication scholarship has failed to rise to the challenge of conceiving what this system might look like, leaving it to the burgeoning media reform movement ...

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Overview

In Communication Revolution—both a sharp and cogent analysis of the history of media studies and a clarion call for citizen participation—Robert McChesney argues that with the Internet and wireless technology set to overtake traditional media, we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a more egalitarian communication system. He brilliantly shows how communication scholarship has failed to rise to the challenge of conceiving what this system might look like, leaving it to the burgeoning media reform movement (in which he has been a key player) to fill the vision vacuum.

Bringing both his authoritative analysis and unparalleled historical knowledge to bear on an urgent issue of our time, McChesney challenges us to transform the way we think about media. As Noam Chomsky has said, "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."

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Controversial critique of media studies from "the greatest of our media historians."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595584137
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert McChesney
Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books on the media, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy, and a co-editor (with Ben Scott) of Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xi

1 Crisis in Communication, Crisis for Society 3

2 The Rise and Fall of the Political Economy of Communication 37

3 The Historical Turn, Critical Junctures, and "Five Truths" 99

4 Moment of Truth 153

Notes 223

Index 287

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