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by Robert W. McChesney

Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy (Open Media Series) download ebook
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1888363479
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978-1888363470
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Robert W. McChesney
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Seven Stories Press; First Edition edition (March 11, 1997)
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McChesney takes on the threat to democracy that come from the control of our media being concentrated in very few hands

McChesney takes on the threat to democracy that come from the control of our media being concentrated in very few hands. He also describes the biases inherent in our current media culture and how the internet and the digital revolution may not be as revolutionary as we had hoped and he takes a few swipes at the myth of the liberal media. Progressives will love this book and conservatives will hate i. .For R. McChesney & has to respect individual freedoms, but these freedoms can only be exercised when the citizenry is informed, engaged and participating. A commercial basis of the media has negative implications for the exercise of political democracy.

Start by marking Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy as Want to Read . In this passionate and strikingly lucid essay, Robert McChesney makes clear why all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy.

Start by marking Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. This is a must reading for anyone who wants to get a quick understanding of this troubling trend. -Susan J. Douglas, author of Growing Up Female with the Mass Media.

McChesney has said the term "deregulated media" is a misnomer, that media organizations are a government sanctioned oligopoly, owned by a few highly profitable corporate entities.

Mr McChesney cuts through all of the media propaganda to provide a clear and coherent picture of our media system as it now stands.

If we believe that an informed populace is an integral part of a successfully active democracy, writes Robert W. McChesney, then the commercial basis of . CORPORATE MEDIA AND THE THREAT TO DEMOCRACY The third volume in the Open Media Series examines the growth of the global media market that is now dominated by just 10 enormous transnational media conglomerates. Mr McChesney cuts through all of the media propaganda to provide a clear and coherent picture of our media system as it now stands.

Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy. The Open Media Pamphlet Series. published by Seven Stories Press First Addition and Open Media. Telecommunications Act of 1996. With the digital revolution, the technical and legal boundaries between broadcasting and telephony in the 1934 Communications Act have broken down.

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Robert W. McChesney is a Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and .

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Corporate media versus democracy. Article · January 2011 with 5 Reads. DOI: 1. 2409/c-legenda. Cite this publication. Nota introdutória de Dênis de Moraes:Em 13 de janeiro de 1999, Robert W. McChesney gentilmente me autorizou a publicar, na nossa revista eletrônica Ciberlegenda, o importante artigo a seguir, baseado em questões abordadas em seu livro Corporate media and the threat to democracy (Seven Stories Press, 1997).

"In this passionate and strikingly lucid essay, Robert McChesney makes clear why all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy. This is a must reading for anyone who wants to get a quick understanding of this troubling trend."—Susan J. Douglas, author of Growing Up Female with the Mass Media
Reviews:
  • Ionzar
McChesney takes on the threat to democracy that come from the control of our media being concentrated in very few hands. He also describes the biases inherent in our current media culture and how the internet and the digital revolution may not be as revolutionary as we had hoped and he takes a few swipes at the myth of the liberal media. Progressives will love this book and conservatives will hate it..
  • Gaxaisvem
This is the best short introduction to the need for media reform in the United States that I have seen. For someone completely new to the topic, it will be shocking, surprising, and perhaps in places a little too brisk, but all-in-all the best place to start. For someone who has looked at the topic before, it will provide additional insights and a remarkable summary of the major issues.
  • Jwalextell
For R. McChesney `democracy has to respect individual freedoms, but these freedoms can only be exercised when the citizenry is informed, engaged and participating.'
A commercial basis of the media has negative implications for the exercise of political democracy. It permits business and commercial interests - already top heavy political lobbyists - to have inordinate influence over media contents. Moreover, conservative groups attack free journalism and public (non-profit) broadcasting, which actually possess still some kind of autonomy.
The ultimate result of the impact of all those pressure groups is a Pravda-like (Chalmers Johnson) media landscape, where (self-) censorship, yodlers and Tinsel town newscasters govern.

The private media retort that they `give the people what they want'. For R. McChesney this is a blatant lie. Their primary goal is `to give the advertisers what they want', with commercial messages permeating all TV programs all day long.

Since this book has been published (1997), the media privatization and consolidation continued at full speed. However, a new and unstoppable free news stream burst through the heavy controlled gates: internet. The call for its control has already been shouted loud and clear. It is one of the main reasons for today's take-over wars.

Robert McChesney book is still very actual, indeed. It is an utmost necessary and courageous pamphlet.
A must read.
  • Thomand
Although McChesney does a thorough job of describing ownership and subsidy patterns of the commercial media system he nonetheless neglects to investigate the complex investments that individuals (audience members) make in relation to larger discursive and social formations. In other words, McChesney fails to take into account the complex and contradictory relationship of knowledge and power that constructs subjectivities through `real experiences' within and outside of mass media. Futhermore, it would have been helpful for McChesney to ground his discussion in critical theory and apply his arguments to the politics of diversity and difference. Certainty, the removal of corporate control and the promotion of diverse public opinion does not guarantee an equal playing field. Race, gender, class, and religious privilege still remain as obstacles to any real form of participatory democracy. Indeed, his discussion of the public sphere neglected to problematize what constitutes "public interest," "public good," and "community." Furthermore, McChesney describes "the media" in an essentialized negative manner. McChesney argues that television journalism has been turned into " a strew of trivia, soft features and similar tripe" and regards commercial mass media as "programming trivia and mindless violence" (p. 24/46). This reductionist and elitist perspective ignores the dynamic and complex interplay between the mass media, more specifically popular culture, and the social imaginary. In other words, the complexity of media forms are ignored and replaced by "proper" journalism and "civil" programming. In saying this, I do not want to discount the relevancy of McChesney's work as a basic tool in understanding the role corporations play in controling the media .
  • Mustard Forgotten
If you get a little irritated and even downright angry about the powerful agenda setters and the decline of publicly defined power, you might want to consider "the five D's of Action:" Define corporate media, Dissect it, Denounce it, Disrupt it, and finally Dismantle it. This book is your manual for action. Nancy E. Snow, Peace Review
  • Ka
This book is really amazing. So many events happen within our country which are either not covered or are trivialized to such an extent that people won't protest. Mr McChesney cuts through all of the media propaganda to provide a clear and coherent picture of our media system as it now stands. Buy this book now. END