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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Robert McChesney (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) has established a reputation for being one of the most important radical voices criticizing the American commercial media over the past few decades. Along with his co-editor Scott (a doctoral student at the U. of Illinois' Institute of Communications Research), he demonstrates in this reader that he is not alone… See more details below

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Robert McChesney (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) has established a reputation for being one of the most important radical voices criticizing the American commercial media over the past few decades. Along with his co-editor Scott (a doctoral student at the U. of Illinois' Institute of Communications Research), he demonstrates in this reader that he is not alone and that he comes from a rich tradition of media criticism in the United States. They present 33 essays spanning the past century, in which writers such as Upton Sinclair, Gloria Steinem, W.E.B. Du Bois, Noam Chomsky, John Dewey, and C. Wright Mills attack the structural problems of the commercial "fourth estate" and the dangers it poses to democracy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9781565849174
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/19/2004
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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