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From Milton to McLuhan: The Ideas Behind American Journalism
This text explores the philosophical foundations of journalism from the libertarian polemics of John Milton in 17th-century England through the controversial essays of 20th-century media prophet, Marshall McLuhan.
Paperback, 447 pages
Published December 2nd 2005 by Allyn & Bacon
(first published January 11th 1990)
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Beginning by uncovering the impact that philosophy has had on the worldview of journalists and the practice of journalism, Altschull painstakingly guides readers through 58 themes to illustrate his purpose in writing the book: “American journalists, in their pursuit of facts, do indeed have a philosophy of life composed of a complex of ideas, and that this belief system has been arrived at through the assimilation, usually unnoticed, of intellectual concepts that form the basis of Western civili ...more