The Whole World is Watching: Mass Media in the Making & Unmaking of the New Left

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University of California Press, 1980 - College students - 327 pages
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"The whole world is watching!" chanted the demonstrators in the Chicago streets in 1968, as the TV cameras beamed images of police cracking heads into homes everywhere. Acclaimed media critic Todd Gitlin first scrutinizes major news coverage in the early days of the antiwar movement. Drawing on his own experiences (he was president of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1963-64) and on interviews with key activists and news reporters, he shows in detail how the media first ignore new political developments, then select and emphasize aspects of the story that treat movements as oddities. He then demonstrates how the media glare made leaders into celebrities and estranged them from their movement base how it inflated the importance of revolutionary rhetoric, destabilizing the movement, then promoted "moderate" alternatives--all the while spreading the antiwar message. Finally, Gitlin draws together a theory of news coverage as a form of anti-democratic social management--which he sees at work also in media treatment of the anti-nuclear and other later movements [Publisher description].
  

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Review: The Whole World is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left with a New Preface

User Review  - Alex Waltz - Goodreads

Argument was that media helped shape the New Left movement, particularly the SDS. Written by Gatlin, who was a participant in the events. Read full review

Review: The Whole World is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left with a New Preface

User Review  - Caroline Anderson - Goodreads

Amen brother. Also totally depressing. Read full review

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Todd Gitlin is a professor of culture, journalism, and sociology at New York University. He lives in New York City.

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