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While there is nearly universal agreement that the media play a vital and defining role in democracy everywhere it exists, ironically they are often unpopular. However, the media in a democratic system must be credible and reliable lest they lose their influence and authority. It is usually acknowledged that democracy almost never flourishes without an effective, independent media. The contributors to Media and Democracy discuss these issues with the clear recognition that generalizing about the media is often perilous.

In the opening section of this volume, "Definitive Questions," chapters by Leo Bogart and Denis McQuail explore the contemporary relationship between media and democracy and its implications for the future. The next section, "Media and the Dynamics of Democracy Around the World," opens with contributions from Vaclav Havel and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former secretary-general of the United Nations. They are joined by authors who examine the relationship between media and democracy in specific locations around the world. The third part, "Journalism as a Democratic Discipline," explores the demands that democracy makes on journalists in chapters by Robert MacNeil, Brian Mulroney, and Margaret T. Gordon. In the final"section, "Democracy and New Media," Lawrence K. Grossman, Sara B. Ivry, and Andrew C. Gordon consider the implications for democracy of new media technologies. Christopher Dornan concludes the book with a review essay examining recent books on media and democracy.

Ideally, democracy and media coexist and support each other through a process of negotiation hopefully aimed at developing a consensus about the public interest. Media and Democracy is an intriguing examination of these two important ingredients to American society. It will be of value to political scientists, communications scholars, media specialists, and sociologists.

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Editorial Reviews

Journalists, editors, scholars of communication, and political figures offer 26 essays exploring the relationship between the abstract concept and the industry. Among the contributors are Boutros Boutros- Ghali, Czech president V<'a>clav Havel, mayor of Budapest G<'a>bor Demszky, and former Canadian premier Brian Mulroney. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765804082
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/31/1998
  • Series: Media Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Everette E. Dennis is Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, where he serves as chair of the Communication and Media Management Department and as director of the Center for Communications. Some of his books include Beyond the Cold War, Justice Black and the First Amendment, and Radio—The Forgotten Medium. Robert W. Snyder is managing editor of the Media Studies Journal, a historian, and co-author of Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York. He has taught at Princeton University and New York University.

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Table of Contents

1 Media and Democracy 3
2 New Roles for New Times? 13
3 Opinion - The New Authority 23
4 A Soul of the Soul 27
5 Creating Public Knowledge 29
6 Maoism vs. Media in the Marketplace 35
7 Transforming Television in India 43
8 The Price of African Press Freedom 51
9 Magic Realism in Latin America 59
10 Samizdat Goes Public 67
11 Breaking Censorship - Making Peace 75
12 A Tyranny of Images 81
13 Exporting American Media 87
14 Regaining Dignity 99
15 Images that Injure 107
16 Scoping Out Habermas 111
17 Public Journalism - Defining a Democratic Art 119
18 Journalists and Democratic Memory 127
19 Diversity, Democracy and Niche Markets 135
20 Journalists - Professionals in a Market Culture 143
21 Scorned in an Era of Triumphant Democracy 149
22 The Electronic Republic 159
23 Town Hall On-Line 165
24 Journalism and the Internet 169
25 Hyde Park on Television 173
26 Sounding the Alarm 179
For Further Reading 191
Index 195
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