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Words and Money

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Ten years after the publication of The Business of Books, his groundbreaking critique of conglomeration in the book industry, André Schiffrin turns his attention to the broader crisis in the media. Just as corporatization and the lowest-common-denominator pursuit of the bottom line have had a parlous effect on publishing, media consolidation has contributed to the ongoing demise of serious journalism in newspapers, magazines, serious broadcast news, and online journalism. Schiffrin compares the media crisis in ...
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Overview

Ten years after the publication of The Business of Books, his groundbreaking critique of conglomeration in the book industry, André Schiffrin turns his attention to the broader crisis in the media. Just as corporatization and the lowest-common-denominator pursuit of the bottom line have had a parlous effect on publishing, media consolidation has contributed to the ongoing demise of serious journalism in newspapers, magazines, serious broadcast news, and online journalism. Schiffrin compares the media crisis in the United States to the situation in Europe and across the globe, and he demonstrates how the American corporate model has extended its reach. But he also describes and considers a range of alternative policies culled from many countries that, if pursued, could help to save journalism and the media in the US. This is a superlative essay that will make everyone seriously interested in the media and publishing think again.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“André Schiffrin, a distinguished former New York publisher, has been throughout this decade an indispensable, if rather pessimistic, guide to life after a cultural apocalypse, first in the much-admired The Business of Booksand now in Words and Money. There’s a lot that’s passionate and useful in Schiffrin’s anguished analysis.”—Robert McCrum, Observer

“A masterful assessment of the media crisis of our times and a roadmap to workable and effective solutions. This elegant essay is intelligent, informed, reasoned, and humane—exactly the book the world needs at this time.”—Robert W. McChesney

“A utopian vision, to be sure, but a refreshing one.”—Le Monde

“This book reads like a novel. Schiffrin continues to sow ideas for saving the independence of the press, the cinema, and bookstores. Visionary as always.”—Le Magazine des Livres

“A lifelong promoter of independent media, André Schiffrin again leads the charge in Words and Money, offering a host of original and valuable ideas about one of the critical challenges of our day—saving books, movies, and news in an era of chains, blockbusters, and the internet.”—Michael Massing

“Schiffrin shows how media consolidation is pulling the teeth of serious journalism, and how it can get its bite back.”—Vanity Fair

“Masterfully written and extremely thought-provoking, this work should stimulate a much-needed dialog among those interested in the communications and publishing field.”—Library Journal

“A sophisticated voice of reason.”—Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
“[A] sophisticated voice of reason..., Schiffrin writes that it takes a village (government and local support of bookstores and publishers) to compete with the pressure of conglomerates.”
Vanity Fair
“Schiffrin shows how media consolidation is pulling the teeth of serious journalism, and how it can get its bite back.”
From the Publisher
“André Schiffrin, a distinguished former New York publisher, has been throughout this decade an indispensable, if rather pessimistic, guide to life after a cultural apocalypse, first in the much-admired The Business of Booksand now in Words and Money. There’s a lot that’s passionate and useful in Schiffrin’s anguished analysis.”—Robert McCrum, Observer

“A masterful assessment of the media crisis of our times and a roadmap to workable and effective solutions. This elegant essay is intelligent, informed, reasoned, and humane—exactly the book the world needs at this time.”—Robert W. McChesney

“A utopian vision, to be sure, but a refreshing one.”—Le Monde

“This book reads like a novel. Schiffrin continues to sow ideas for saving the independence of the press, the cinema, and bookstores. Visionary as always.”—Le Magazine des Livres

“A lifelong promoter of independent media, André Schiffrin again leads the charge in Words and Money, offering a host of original and valuable ideas about one of the critical challenges of our day—saving books, movies, and news in an era of chains, blockbusters, and the internet.”—Michael Massing

“Schiffrin shows how media consolidation is pulling the teeth of serious journalism, and how it can get its bite back.”—Vanity Fair

“Masterfully written and extremely thought-provoking, this work should stimulate a much-needed dialog among those interested in the communications and publishing field.”—Library Journal

“A sophisticated voice of reason.”—Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844676804
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/8/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,342,428
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

André Schiffrin was, for thirty years, the publisher of Pantheon Books. In 1990 Schiffrin left Pantheon to found The New Press. He is the author of The Business of Books, Words and Money, A Political Education, and Dr. Seuss & Co. Go to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of America’s Leading Comic Artists. He divides his time between Paris and New York.
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