The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas

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The influence of media on society is unquestioned. Its reach penetrates nearly every corner of the world and every aspect of life. But it has also been a contested realm, embodying class politics and the interests of monopoly capital. In The Political Economy of Media, one of the foremost media critics of our time, Robert W. McChesney, provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic and political powers that are being mobilized to consolidate private control of media with increasing profit — all at the expense of democracy.
In this elegant and lucid collection, McChesney examines the monopolistic competition that has created a global media that is ever more concentrated and centralized. McChesney reveals why questions about the ownership of commercial U.S. media remain off limits within the political culture; how private ownership of media leads to the degradation of journalism and suppression of genuine debate; and why corporate rule threatens democracy by failing to provide the means for an educated and informed citizenry. The Political Economy of Media also highlights resistance to corporate media over the last century, including the battle between broadcasters and the public in the 1920s and 1930s and the ongoing media reform movement today. The Political Economy of Media makes it clear that the struggle over the ownership and the role of media is of utmost importance to everyone.

 

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Contents

PREFACE
7
JOURAVALS
23
Upton Sinclair and the Contradictions of Capitalist Journalism
83
and the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
97
Looking Backward Going Forward
117
CATCAL STUDES
155
The Payne Fund and Radio Broadcasting 19281935
181
Noam Chomsky and the Struggle Against Neoliberalism
283
The Internet and U S Communication Policymaking in Historical and Critical Perspective
355
U S Left and Media Politics
383
Global Media and Its Discontents
393
Theses on Media Deregulation
415
Communication Politics in Dubious Times
425
The Case for U S Public Broadcasting and Implications for Philanthropists
445
The Escalating War Against Corporate Media
461
The U S Media Reform Movement Going Forward
491

Myth and Reality
291
The Political Economy of International Communications
305
POLITICS AND MEDIA REFORM
339
An Inquiry into the Lack of Debate Over the Ownership Structure and Control of the Media in U S Political Life
341
NOTES
501
INDEX
569
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About the author (2008)

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 The Political Economy of Media, Communication Revolution, The Problem of the Media, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy.

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