Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism

Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism

by Robert W. McChesney
     
 

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The FCC’s recent controversial decision to roll back restrictions on media conglomeration produced an outpouring of protest and dissent; more than 700,000 Americans personally registered complaints along with organizations as diverse as NOW and the NRA.

In Our Unfree Press, Robert McChesney and Ben Scott demonstrate that, like the corporations

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The FCC’s recent controversial decision to roll back restrictions on media conglomeration produced an outpouring of protest and dissent; more than 700,000 Americans personally registered complaints along with organizations as diverse as NOW and the NRA.

In Our Unfree Press, Robert McChesney and Ben Scott demonstrate that, like the corporations themselves, criticism of media monopolies has a long tradition. Featuring the work of Upton Sinclair, C. Wright Mills, Walter Lippmann, Noam Chomsky, and many others, this provocative anthology charts such topics as the consolidation of ownership, the role of advertising, and the corruptions of profit. An extensive lead essay contextualizes pieces spanning the Progressive Era to the present day, making it abundantly clear that countering the media oligarchs requires more than token reforms. A must-read for anyone concerned by corporate consolidation of the media, Our Unfree Press reveals the necessity of a radical revision in our perception of the business of media.

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Library Journal
Criticism of the press has a long history in America, going back as far as the late 19th century. Here, editors McChesney (Rich Media, Poor Democracy) and Scott (doctoral student, Inst. of Communications Research, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) collect more than 30 examples of radical media criticism, dating from 1906 to 2003. In a thorough introduction that provides an overview of the topic, the editors pinpoint the unmistakable connection between mass media and big business. The collage of essays that follows, which includes pieces by W.E.B. DuBois, Upton Sinclair, and Gloria Steinem, presents plenty of food for thought on such topics as media monopolies, inherent conflicts of interest within corporate and political circles, and the impossibility of media objectivity. This work highlights the need to maintain vigilance regarding U.S. journalism, currently in a state of full-blown crisis, with a decline in hard news, staff cuts at media outlets, and a lack of investigative reporting. This well-structured and conceptually engaging work provides a compilation that would be hard to find in another single source. In light of recent scandals that have plagued well-known news sources, it is also important and timely. Recommended for larger academic libraries and possibly larger public libraries.-Valeda F. Dent, Hunter Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848559
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/19/2004
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.17(d)

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