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Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times

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A myth-breaking book on media, from one of today's most reputable and insightful media historians/critics.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 23rd 1999 by University of Illinois Press (first published 1999)
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This was one of the first books i ever read that was critical of a large section of America's social and economic make up. It was also published months before GW and co. started running wild over the constitution, other countries etc. This is an important notion i think since most books critical of gov. policy these days are really just polemics and reading them feels like having someone angrily shouting into one's ear.

Anyhoo. A must read for anyone interested in media and its relationship to bu
a must read.

it outlines and gives solid evidence to the many, many reasons we should all be perpetually worried about the state of our media.

i'm especially drawn to the history of the media - during the late 20's and early 30's when media laws (namely radio) were being debated between communities/educational institutions and adversiting/commercial (eg dept stores)/media companies - you guess who won.

it's completely fascinating and quite directly affected and, to some extent, shaped the next 75 y
a standard of lefty critique of journalism, up there with bagdikian's The Media Monopoly and Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent.
J. Dunn
The book to read if you want to know about how and why corporate media consolidation happened, and what deleterious effects this process has had on democracy and public discourse here and abroad. This is solid left-centrist scholarship with no radical Chomsky-esque tendendtiousness or axes to grind.
Lenore Maybaum
mc chesney is ubiquitous! i have my undergrads read excerpts of this, and then they see him in both Outfoxed and Merchants of Cool. Smart and sometimes snarky, McChesney is an important read if you're doing media studies.
This was the 'textbook' for a class I took called Politics in Mass Media. COMPLETELY opened my eyes to conglomeration and the truth of how the entertainment industry has bias and the history of politics in media.
This book rocked my limited world view. It taught me to challenge what I read and to always be critical and analytical of what the media throws out there. Seriously good stuff.
Ron Christiansen
Read it in Tom Huckin's Discourse Analysis course--a great course, a solid book.
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