The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left / Edition 2

The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left / Edition 2

by Todd Gitlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520239326

ISBN-13: 9780520239326

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

"The whole world is watching!" chanted the demonstrators in the Chicago streets in 1968, as the TV cameras beamed images of police cracking heads into homes everywhere.
In this classic book, originally published in 1980, acclaimed media critic Todd Gitlin first scrutinizes major news coverage in the early days of the antiwar movement. Drawing on his own

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"The whole world is watching!" chanted the demonstrators in the Chicago streets in 1968, as the TV cameras beamed images of police cracking heads into homes everywhere.
In this classic book, originally published in 1980, acclaimed media critic Todd Gitlin first scrutinizes major news coverage in the early days of the antiwar movement. Drawing on his own experiences (he was president of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1963-64) and on interviews with key activists and news reporters, he shows in detail how the media first ignore new political developments, then select and emphasize aspects of the story that treat movements as oddities. He then demonstrates how the media glare made leaders into celebrities and estranged them from their movement base; how it inflated the importance of revolutionary rhetoric, destabilizing the movement, then promoted "moderate" alternatives—all the while spreading the antiwar message. Finally, Gitlin draws together a theory of news coverage as a form of anti-democratic social management—which he sees at work also in media treatment of the anti-nuclear and other later movements.

Updated for 2003 with a new preface, The Whole World Is Watching is a subtle and sensitive book, true to the passions and ironic reversals of its subject, and filled with provocative insights that apply to the media's relationship with all activist movements.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520239326
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
821,910
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2003 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IImages of a Movement
1Preliminaries21
2Versions of SDS, Spring 196532
3SDS in the Spotlight, Fall 196578
Pt. IIMedia in the Making and Unmaking of the Movement
4Organizational Crisis, 1965127
5Certifying Leaders and Converting Leadership to Celebrity146
6Inflating Rhetoric and Militancy180
7Elevating Moderate Alternatives: The Moment of Reform205
8Contracting Time and Eclipsing Context233
9Broadcasting and Containment242
Pt. IIIHegemony, Crisis, and Opposition
10Media Routines and Political Crises249
11Seventies Going on Eighties283
App.: Sources and Methods293
Selected Bibliography307
Index319

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