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Conflicting Communication Interests in America: The Case of National Public Radio
     

Conflicting Communication Interests in America: The Case of National Public Radio

by Tom McCourt
 

ISBN-10: 0275963586

ISBN-13: 9780275963583

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Public broadcasting has changed dramatically since its founding in 1967. The growing equation of marketplace efficiency with the public interest has, in Tom McCourt's analysis, undermined the value of public goods and services. In addition, political and cultural discourse is increasingly beset by fragmentation. Public radio provides an exemplary site to examine

Overview

Public broadcasting has changed dramatically since its founding in 1967. The growing equation of marketplace efficiency with the public interest has, in Tom McCourt's analysis, undermined the value of public goods and services. In addition, political and cultural discourse is increasingly beset by fragmentation. Public radio provides an exemplary site to examine the prospects and problems of contemporary public life.

Beginning with a description of the events that led to the creation of National Public Radio, McCourt discusses the relationship between NPR and its affiliate stations and the ways in which struggles over funding and programming have affected public radio's agenda. He also examines how public radio incorporates the roles of public representatives into its operations and how its methods to determine the needs and interests of the public have changed across the system's history. The social, political, and economic pressures that have impacted the mission and practices of National Public Radio, McCourt asserts, are manifest in all areas of American life. Through extensive historical research, he examines whether American public broadcasters, as represented by NPR, have succeeded or failed to engender an enlightened, participatory democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275963583
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Development of National Public Radio

The Localized Public: The Federalist Conundrum

The Surrogate Public: Funders, Boards, and Producers

The Reified Public: From Ascertainment to Ratings

Epilogue

Selected Bibliography

Index

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