The Political Economy Of Media / Edition 1

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The influence of media on society is unquestioned. Its reach penetrates nearly every corner of the world and every aspect of life. But it has also been a contested realm, embodying class politics and the interests of monopoly capital. In The Political Economy of Media, one of the foremost media critics of our time, Robert W. McChesney, provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic and political powers that are being mobilized to consolidate private control of media with increasing profit — all at the expense of democracy.

In this elegant and lucid collection, McChesney examines the monopolistic competition that has created a global media that is ever more concentrated and centralized. McChesney reveals why questions about the ownership of commercial U.S. media remain off limits within the political culture; how private ownership of media leads to the degradation of journalism and suppression of genuine debate; and why corporate rule threatens democracy by failing to provide the means for an educated and informed citizenry. The Political Economy of Media also highlights resistance to corporate media over the last century, including the battle between broadcasters and the public in the 1920s and 1930s and the ongoing media reform movement today. The Political Economy of Media makes it clear that the struggle over the ownership and the role of media is of utmost importance to everyone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583671610
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 802,881
  • Product dimensions: 1.31 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Political Economy of Media, Communication Revolution, The Problem of the Media, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 11

I Journalism 23

1 The Problem of Journalism 25

2 A Century of Radical Media Criticism in the United States 67

3 Upton Sinclair and the Contradictions of Capitalist Journalism 83

4 Telling the Truth at a Moment of Truth: U.S. News Media and the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq 97

5 How to Think About Journalism: Looking Backward, Going Forward 117

II Critical Studies 155

6 The Battle for the U.S. Airwaves, 1928-1935 157

7 The Payne Fund and Radio Broadcasting, 1928-1935 181

8 Media Made Sport: A History of Sports Coverage in the United States 213

9 Public Broadcasting in the Age of Communication Revolution 233

10 The New Theology of the First Amendment: Class Privilege Over Democracy 249

11 The Commercial Tidal Wave 265

12 Noam Chomsky and the Struggle Against Neoliberalism 283

13 The New Economy: Myth and Reality 291

14 The Political Economy of International Communications 305

III Politics and Media Reform 339

15 Off-Limits: An Inquiry into the Lack of Debate Over the Ownership, Structure, and Control of the Media in U.S. Political Life 341

16 The Internet and U.S. Communication Policymaking in Historical and Critical Perspective 355

17 U.S. Left and Media Politics 383

18 Global Media and Its Discontents 393

19 Theses on Media Deregulation

20 Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times 425

21 The Case for U.S. Public Broadcasting and Implications for Philanthropists 445

22 The Escalating War Against Corporate Media 461

23 The U.S. Media Reform Movement Going Forward 491

Notes 501

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