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Then he added: "We're going to need to have these corporations redefined as instruments of public service because they may be a more efficient way to deal with society's problems than bureaucratic governments."
Opening with these chilling words, Drive-By Journaism raises a question whose answer may well determine the shape of American democracy for years to come. Has the Internet created a new form of corporate media with unparalleled political power? Arthur Rowse provides a stellar argument that the forces propelling their ascendance were at work long before the advent of the Internet. In a step-by-step dissection of key takeovers of the media by coporate interests, Rowse reveals how the search for profits has obliterated any pretense to the search for truth in the news.
Posted October 18, 2000
DRIVE-BY JOURNALISM shows how the news is being corrupted by media mergers, tabloidism, trivialities, self-censorship, gotcha journalism and other assaults on free society. It blows the whistle on the rating-chasing predators that have turned a sacred obligation to educate and inform people into a race to exploit the First Amendment for commercial purposes and amuse people for maximum profit. Rowse shows how the media shape politics to their own purposes, essentially deciding who runs for public office, who gets elected and what it all means. The result is a government that represents only the wealthiest interests. DRIVE-BY JOURNALISM also reveals the failure of the news business to provide the full and fair exchange of opinion implied by the First Amendment. Rowse challenges those in charge to take action before their own press freedom goes down the drain with all other freedoms that were won at such cost in the past.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.