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From the Publisher"Michael Schudson, among the best of the academic writers on themedia, has seen in the raucousness and hype of newspapers a pearlbeyond price: the instinct to create trouble for the establishment,the panjandrums - them."
"Schudson brings to his analysis an equanimity often missingamong media critics. Uniquely among scholars of contemporary media,he is well steeped in American history and the history of ideas.Schudson's key argument in his eloquent new book is that it is theeveryday reporting by the press, often pedestrian, often of trivialoccurrences, that holds the powerful to account and limits theirpower to control what the public knows."
Australian Book Review
"There's been a publishing boom in recent years in volumespursuing the special relationship between media and democracy. Manyhit the mark, but few hit it so convincingly and enjoyably, and inso few pages, as Schudson's."
Australian Journal of Political Science
"Schudson is the best writer on journalism I know."
John Lloyd, The Herald's Books of the Year
"In this sharp and engaging little book ... Michael Schudson haslaunched a debate that can lead to a normative theory ofjournalism's purpose in the era of the internet."
Tim Luckhurst, Times Higher Education
"A considered, fresh argument that points out often-overlookedcontributions to democracy made by the unlovable press."
"Schudson does an excellent job of pointing out that the pressneeds to be free to adequately provide the people with informationthat they need to form judgments about the government."
"Makes a strong case for an independent press in a democracy,particularly the US."
Long Range Planning
"Among contemporary American scholars working on media andpolitics, Michael Schudson is easily the wisest. This wonderfulbook shows why. Its case for thinking differently about journalismand democracy is compelling. There are pearls galore: wise remarkson subjects like the abuse of power, the functional necessity oftruth, the decline of the newspaper, the rise of expertise, and thegrowing importance to democracy of efforts to monitor powerpublicly."
John Keane, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University ofWestminster
"There are many reasons the press is unlovable, andirresponsible. Readers will find these enumerated in MichaelSchudson’s important book. But readers will also find aneloquent argument about the vital role an independent press playsin a democracy, and why an 'annoying' journalist can advance thepublic interest just as surely as a President."
Ken Auletta, author and New Yorker media writer
"A sparkling set of essays on journalism and democracy by one ofthe world’s foremost media scholars. It alternates betweendefending the commonplace and attacking the holiest of sacred cows,making you want to rush to the next page of this brilliant, elegantand learned book."
James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London