The Princely Press: Machiavelli on American Journalism

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The Princely Press sets forth in an unusual manner some of the basic tenets of Machiavelli as they might apply to modern-day American journalism. The interview format permits Machiavelli (in 1520) to expound on such journalistic topics as journalists, journalistic power, press freedom and responsibility, self aggrandizement, objectivity, audiences, propaganda, ends and means, and ethics. Machiavelli's answers are based on his ideas about politics expressed especially in his two best-known works, "The Prince" and "The Discourses".

Author Biography: John C. Merrill is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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Chris Sterling
What Merrill has done is to organize and pattern Machaiavelli's words into brief chapters...that apply the Italian's well-known views to the specific field of journalism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761810360
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Merrill is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Machiavelli's Preface
Ch. 1 Prelude to Interviews 1
Ch. 2 A Preliminary Conversation 9
Ch. 3 Journalists 17
Ch. 4 Mission 25
Ch. 5 Power 35
Ch. 6 Freedom 41
Ch. 7 Responsibility 51
Ch. 8 Self-Aggrandizement 59
Ch. 9 The State 65
Ch. 10 The People 73
Ch. 11 Objectivity 87
Ch. 12 Propaganda 95
Ch. 13 Ends and Means 103
Ch. 14 Ethics 111
Ch. 15 Postscript to the Interviews 121
Appendices 127
Select Bibliography 133
Index 135
About the Author 139
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