Herbert Schiller / Edition 192

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Hailed as America's most original and influential media analyst of the left, Herbert I. Schiller (1919-2000) was a pioneer of critical communication studies. Beginning in the 1960s with a blast of radical writings and speeches, Schiller broke the silence in communication studies on U.S. imperialism and cold war information policy, challenged private business schemes to commercialize the public supply of information, revealed government policies that helped create the market-based information economy, and demystified the hype of computerized wonders in the information age. Schiller's research on cultural imperialism became a vital thread in the global struggle against American Empire and transnational corporate media power. Maxwell's synthesis fuses biography with a digest of Herbert Schiller's major works to illustrate how his core ideas and concerns are anchored to the times in which he lived: from the Great Depression and world war, to national liberation struggles and the radicalism of 1960s, to the rise of the extreme right in the American political economy of the 1980s and 1990s.

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Editorial Reviews

This is a useful overview of an influential academic and his work. Recommended.
Global Media and Communication
A succinct and useful overview of Schiller's ideas. . . . For those interested in Schiller's writings and legacy, Herbert Schiller is a worthwhile read: it contains useful insights and, it should be noted, a tidy bibliography of his publications.
This is a useful overview of an influential academic and his work. Recommended.
From the Publisher
A must-read for anyone who wants an introduction to Schiller or just simply wants to know more about him.
Toby Miller
Herbert Schiller was the foremost critical media intellectual of the twentieth century. His insights into corporate domination of the U.S. media are still fresh and dynamic, forty years after they first appeared. And Richard Maxwell is the ideal chronicler and analyst of Schiller's legacy. This accessible yet brilliant text shows us why his ideas are of continuing importance and how we can apply them at a crucial moment in world history.
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Meet the Author

Richard Maxwell is professor of media studies at Queens College, City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Schiller 1
1 Becoming a Critic of American Empire 9
2 The Military-Industrial-Communication-Entertainment Complex 29
3 Mind Management and the Shaping of the Informational Workforce 43
4 Cultural Imperialism and the Limits to National Communication-Cultural Policy 61
5 Deceptions and Contradictions of the "Information Age" 85
6 Culture Incorporated 101
Conclusion: What Kind of Society? 115
Herbert I. Schiller: Publications, 1955-2000 133
References 143
Index 147
About the Author 155
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