Drive-By Journalism: The Assault on Your Need to Know

Drive-By Journalism: The Assault on Your Need to Know

by 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…  See more details below

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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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In Drive-By Journalism: The Assault On Your Need To Know, Arthur Rowse sets for a compelling and persuasive argument that we are being lulled into political and social apathy by the steady beat of media produced "news-amuse" journalism. Rowse points out that media mergers are rapidly creating a huge news cartel with just five conglomerates controlling what most people see, read and hear in television news broadcasts and major urban center newspapers. Profit-at-all-costs pressures have created a kind of "drive-by" journalism with an emphasis on trivia and tragedy ("If it bleeds, it leads!). News producers must nowadays showcase information in a recreational or entertainment framework that prefers sensationalism over substance, sound bites over insights. That's why such critical matters as health care, gun control, tax equity, campaign reform, and the environment are made subservient to personality and horse race style coverage. Drive-By Journalism should be on the shelves of every community library in the country, and required reading for journalism students, media activists, and those charged with the responsibility for gathering, analyzing, and disseminating the news of the day.

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ISBN-13:
9781567511932
Publisher:
Common Courage Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
302

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