Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times

Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times

by Robert W. McChesney


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Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times by Robert W. McChesney

Winner of Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize as well as the Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award, Rich Media, Poor Democracy destroys the assumption that a society drenched in commercial information “choices” is a democratic one. Robert McChesney, whom Marc Crispin Miller calls “the greatest of our media historians,” maintains that the major beneficiaries of the so-called Information Age are no more than a handful of enormous corporations, and that this concentrated corporate control is disastrous for any notion of participatory democracy.

In a book that Noam Chomsky hails as a “rich, penetrating study,” McChesney combines historical sweep and unprecedented detail on current events as he chronicles the recent waves of media mergers and acquisitions, as well as the corrupt and secretive enactment of public policies surrounding the Internet, digital television, and public broadcasting. He also addresses the gradual and ominous adaptation of the First Amendment as a means of shielding corporate media power, and debunks the myth that the market compels media firms to “give the people what they want.”

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ISBN-13: 9781565846340
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of some two dozen books on media and political economy, including Digital Disconnect, Communication Revolution, and the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy; a co-author, with John Nichols, of Tragedy and Farce; and a co-editor, with Ben Scott, of Our Unfree Press, and, with Victor Pickard, of Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights (all published by The New Press). McChesney and Nichols are also the co-authors of the award-winning Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America. McChesney’s work has been translated into thirty-one languages. He lives in Champaign, Illinois, and Madison, Wisconsin.

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