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The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century

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The symptoms of the crisis of the U.S. media are well-known--a decline in hard news, the growth of info-tainment and advertorials, staff cuts and concentration of ownership, increasing conformity of viewpoint and suppression of genuine debate. McChesney's new book, The Problem of the Media, gets to the roots of this crisis, explains it, and points a way forward for the gro ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Monthly Review Press
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If you understand how too much being concentrated in the hands of too few is bad when it comes to most things, this book will make you angry as it it made me angry. Having the way the media operates demonstrated, from producing a product & owning the medium to distribute it & how that forces one to be biased towards their interests & show no favor to a competitive force & how that affects the information we are given vs what we are not given, shows how broken this system that sho ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who know better
Say no more...

an opinated text on the biz of how media content has been regulated and pandered out to the public.

"Let commercial interests figure out how-to make the most money and then write laws and regulations to protect their system." (p. 38) Payola in the 21st century! I don't believe it...

anyone out there working in radio feel like a prostitute?

I mean, seriously, for the last 3 years I haven't heard a new song and/or artist on the radio. I turned it off, the radio.

Go web, go.

I'm so happy
All the sections of this book that are about media policy, the history of the media in America and the government's role in it, and the impact of those policies and that history on journalism and broadcasting today are second to none. It's only marred by some serious lapses in the quality of the arguments and sources whenever McChesney tackles the content of popular entertainment - and I'm far from convinced that the right's occasional distaste for supposed "vulgarity" in media is something wort ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Tara marked it as to-read
This book details how the media has come to serve the interests of corporate profit over public enlightenment and debate. It details historically how government policy and corporate consolidation has harmed participatory democracy and how media reform has sucessfully fought back.
Matt Fodor
Great read...fascinating account of the history and political economy of the US media and the need for media reform, including the debunking of the "liberal media" nonsense. McChesney has a great writing style as well and is probably the top scholar of US media working today.
Sep 28, 2007 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This one spells it out, backs it up, and takes it all home in foul swoop. full of "need to know" stuff. I wish they would make this a mandatory read for highschool kids
Interesting points, but he constantly refers to a position of neutrality when he is CLEARLY presenting his opinion as opposed to actual facts.
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