Selling the Air: A Critique of the Policy of Commercial Broadcasting in the United States / Edition 1

Selling the Air: A Critique of the Policy of Commercial Broadcasting in the United States / Edition 1

by Thomas Streeter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226777227

ISBN-13: 9780226777221

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this interdisciplinary study of the laws and policies associated with commercial radio and television, Thomas Streeter reverses the usual take on broadcasting and markets by showing that government regulation creates rather than intervenes in the market. Analyzing the processes by which commercial media are organized, Streeter asks how it is possible to take the…  See more details below

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In this interdisciplinary study of the laws and policies associated with commercial radio and television, Thomas Streeter reverses the usual take on broadcasting and markets by showing that government regulation creates rather than intervenes in the market. Analyzing the processes by which commercial media are organized, Streeter asks how it is possible to take the practice of broadcasting--the reproduction of disembodied sounds and pictures for dissemination to vast unseen audiences--and constitute it as something that can be bought, owned, and sold.

With an impressive command of broadcast history, as well as critical and cultural studies of the media, Streeter shows that liberal marketplace principles--ideas of individuality, property, public interest, and markets--have come into contradiction with themselves. Commercial broadcasting is dependent on government privileges, and Streeter provides a searching critique of the political choices of corporate liberalism that shape our landscape of cultural property and electronic intangibles.

Thomas Streeter is associate professor of sociology at the University of Vermont.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226777221
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Fact of Television: A Theoretical Prologue3
2Liberalism, Corporate Liberalism22
3A Revisionist History of Broadcasting, 1900-193459
4Inside the Beltway as an Interpretive Community: The Politics of Policy113
5Postmodern Property: Toward a New Political Economy of Broadcasting163
6"But Not the Ownership Thereof": The Peculiar Property Status of the Broadcast License219
7Broadcast Copyright and the Vicissitudes of Authorship in Electronic Culture256
8Viewing as Property: Broadcasting's Audience Commodity275
9Toward a New Politics of Electronic Media309
Index329

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