Invisible Crises

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Overview


Hidden from public sight and mind today are invisible crises that threaten our democracy and existence more than the crises we know about—or think we know about. These invisible crises include the promotion of practices that drug, hurt, poison, and kill thousands every day; cults of violence that desensitize, terrorize, and brutalize; the growing siege mentality of our cities; widening resource gaps and the most glaring inequalities in the industrial world; the costly neglect of vital institutions such as public education and the arts; and media-assisted make-believe image politics corrupting the electoral process.Deprived of sustained attention but bombarded by eruptions of surface consequences (often presented as unique events stripped of historical context), people ar bewildered, fearful, angry, and cynical.The contributors to this volume—exploring such unattended crises, analyzing why they are hidden, and focusing on the increasing concentration of culture-power that keeps them from view—maintain that a profound general crisis of social vision, public communication, and representative government underlies all of the invisible crises.
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George Gerbner is professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamid Mowlana is professor of communication at American University and president of the International Association of Media Research. Herbert I. Schiller is professor emeritus of communication at the University of California at San Diego. George Gerbner is professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamid Mowlana is professor of communication at American University and president of the International Association of Media Research. Herbert I. Schiller is professor emeritus of communication at the University of California at San Diego. George Gerbner is professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamid Mowlana is professor of communication at American University and president of the International Association of Media Research. Herbert I. Schiller is professor emeritus of communication at the University of California at San Diego.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Brave New World Minus 400 7
2 Information Deprivation in an Information-Rich Society 15
3 The Hidden Side of Television Violence 27
4 Speaking Volumes: The Book Publishing Oligopoly and Its Cultural Consequences 35
5 Computer-Assisted Crises 47
6 Freedom, Fun, and Fundamentals: Defining Digital Progress in a Democratic Society 82
7 Writing About Poverty in the Age of Plenty 93
8 Race Relations in the Suburbs 99
9 National Amnesia, Cultural Darwinism, and the Pursuit of Power, or What Americans Don't Know About Indians 120
10 Beaches Without Bases: The Gender Order 131
11 The New World Intellectual Order 145
12 Whose Whispers Are in the Gallery? 164
13 The Crisis of Political Legitimacy and the Muslim World 185
14 The Crisis in Mobility 207
15 Let Them Eat Pollution 221
16 The Silent War: Debt and Africa 229
17 Global Drug Scourge: The Hidden Story 249
Selected Bibliography 267
About the Book and Editors 281
Index 283
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