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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