Drive-By Journalism: The Assault on Your Need to Knowby Arthur Rowse
On the second day of the 21st century, eight days before announcing the momentous merger with America Online, Time Warner Inc.'s chief executive Gerald Levin took part in a televised panel discussion on CNN about the global media. Although he knew of the startling deal, he couldn't let on. But he did have revealing thoughts about the future shape of society. "The global media," he said, "is fast becoming the predominant business of the 21st century, and we're in a new economic age, and what may happen, assuming that's true, is it's more important than government. It's more important than educational institutions and nonprofits.
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.
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