Living in the Number One Country: Reflections from a Critic of American Empire

Living in the Number One Country: Reflections from a Critic of American Empire

by Herbert I. Schiller

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Living in the Number One Country: Reflections from a Critic of American Empire by Herbert I. Schiller

Living in the Number One Country is Herbert I. Schiller's chronicle of the symbiotic relationship between post-WWII American Empire and the substance and technology of the communications businesses. Schiller traces how the State has supported corporatized information by pushing their products abroad both through phony pronouncements about "the free-flow of information," and by subsidizing research and development for new technologies. Schiller's refreshing account infuses elements of his own experience; growing up during the Great Depression in New York, as a bureaucrat in the civilian sector of the military occupation forces in Berlin after the war, and as a radical journalist and academic.
This intriguing book argues that the main pillar of today's U.S. economy—the ever-expanding communication sector—is also the most crucial element in keeping a 500-year social system, capitalism, alive. Capitalism's future relies not only on labor exploitation, but also on a steadily entertained, and hence diverted, populace. Therein lies the importance of challenging the overarching institutions of corporate information production.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583220283
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 08/30/2000
Edition description: A SEVEN ST
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

HERBERT I. SCHILLER, professor emeritus of Communication at the University of California at San Diego, is a leading scholar of the communications industries. His books include Information Inequality: The Deepening Social Crises in America and Culture Inc.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Expression.

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Life, One Century7
Chapter 1Number One and the Political Economy of Communication45
Chapter 2Visions of Global Electronic Mastery63
Chapter 3Communication Today: What's New?89
Chapter 4Communication Theorists of Empire105
Chapter 5Corporatizing Communication and Culture129
Chapter 6In the Core of Power147
Chapter 7Number one in the Twenty-First Century181

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