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Four Theories of the Press: The Authoritarian, Libertarian, Social Responsibility, and Soviet Communist Concepts of What the Press Should Be and Do

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Presented here are four major theories behind the functioning of the world's presses: (1) the Authoritarian theory, which developed in the late Renaissance and was based on the idea that truth is the product of a few wise men; (2) the Libertarian theory, which arose from the works of men like Milton, Locke, Mill, and Jefferson and avowed that the search for truth is one of ...more
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Published October 1st 1963 by University of Illinois Press
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Ronald Wise
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Though published as a treatise on the four basic models of communications and mass media, rereading this book now served as a good reminder of how things used to be. Technological revolutions have occurred, and are still ongoing, which make the media world described herein seem almost ancient. Anyone under 30 might find this an interesting study of life before access to hundreds of televisions stations, online media, and Twitter.

The four theories discussed are: Authoritarian, where the state exe
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Øyvind
Dec 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Why media scholars or students of journalism would continue to read this publication today, other than to gawk at the pro-Western culture-centric argumentation presented within a book written at the height of the Cold War, simply baffles me!

Sure, the book has its qualities. It provides a basic and easily understandable postern to scholarly analysis of media systems and questions relating to the functions and responsibilities of both governments and journalists in general. However, it is terribly
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DoCong Nguyen
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ai đã biết về triết học chính trị thì sẽ thấy đây là 1 cuốn sách về thực tế áp dụng các học thuyết triết học chính trị trong truyền thông, cũng như 1 vài thuyết phát sinh từ triết học chính trị. Phần cuối có so sánh về 2 thuyết đối lập của phe toàn trị và phe tự do.
Myles
Feb 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
(1.3/5.0) Meh, bland, redundant and predictable. Sounds like a seminal textbook!
Dũng Nguyễn
Mất hơn nửa năm để mình đọc hết cuốn sách này, giọng văn và phân tích đều đều, mang tính học thuật với khối lượng kiến thức rất lớn về các cách vận hành bộ máy truyền thông của nhà nước (thuyết độc đoán, thuyết tự do, thuyết trách nhiệm xã hội, thuyết toàn trị (Xô Viết / Quốc Xã) của phần triết học chính trị.

Về cá nhân, do không phải là người làm trong ngành báo chí (lý do đơn thuần vì bản thân muốn tìm hiểu nhiều hơn về Thuyết Tự Do), nên 3/4 cuốn sách làm mình cảm giác khá oải. Phần cuối sách
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Ben Cullimore
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is interesting, albeit slightly strange, to see people criticise a fifty-year-old book for being "out of date", as if that is something that can be avoided. Whilst I would agree that some of the ideas presented in Four Theories of the Press: The Authoritarian, Libertarian, Social Responsibility, and Soviet Communist Concepts of What the Press Should Be and Do have largely been superseded by advancements in both the media and, most importantly, technology, this seminal piece of work nonetheles ...more
William Crosby
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Collection of 4 essays examining alternative perspectives of society and views on the nature of man which, in turn, affect the purposes and means of mass media and social control.

Good, general overview using history, philosophy, and political science.

Although written in 1956 and this edition is 1978, the general principals are still applicable even though specific data is out of date.
Nour Al-Ali
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: academic
I doubt I would have read it had it not been a course book; however, it was beautiful. I think my interest in propaganda is clearly why I loved reading it so much, but the style of the writer, my oh my, so vivid and easy to read. I wished for a more in-depth insight on these theories. What a beautiful book.
Ute Oduol
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was well written, considering I read it entirely for class.
Maddie Duhon
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