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"In this passionate and strikingly lucid essay, Robert McChesney makes clear why all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy. This is a must reading for anyone who wants to get a quick understanding of this troubling trend."—Susan J. Douglas, author of Growing Up Female with the Mass Media "In this passionate and strikingly lucid essay, Robert McChesney makes clear why all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy. This is a must reading for anyone who wants to get a quick understanding of this troubling trend."—Susan J. Douglas, author of Growing Up Female with the Mass Media


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"In this passionate and strikingly lucid essay, Robert McChesney makes clear why all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy. This is a must reading for anyone who wants to get a quick understanding of this troubling trend."—Susan J. Douglas, author of Growing Up Female with the Mass Media "In this passionate and strikingly lucid essay, Robert McChesney makes clear why all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy. This is a must reading for anyone who wants to get a quick understanding of this troubling trend."—Susan J. Douglas, author of Growing Up Female with the Mass Media

30 review for Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy

  1. 5 out of 5

    C. Scott

    "Imagine if the federal government demanded that newspaper and broadcast journalism staffs be cut in half, that foreign bureaus be closed, and that news be tailored to suit the government's self-interest. There would be an outcry..." To say the least. This book was so much better than I expected from what's essentially just an 80 page pamphlet. McChesney made me think about issues far beyond the main topic of corporate media. This whole book really made me think. I'm going to look for more work b "Imagine if the federal government demanded that newspaper and broadcast journalism staffs be cut in half, that foreign bureaus be closed, and that news be tailored to suit the government's self-interest. There would be an outcry..." To say the least. This book was so much better than I expected from what's essentially just an 80 page pamphlet. McChesney made me think about issues far beyond the main topic of corporate media. This whole book really made me think. I'm going to look for more work by McChesney after this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rocio

    Wonderful short book that explains how and why mainstream media still distort the truth in countries that are not overtly authoritarian. Perfect rebuke to your naive neighbor who thinks that the press is free because the government isn't allowed to censor it and because this isn't a dictatorship. Read this in late high school and explains well how even if most journalists are trying to report the truth as they see it, the news ends up being shaped by structural forces beyond their control that are Wonderful short book that explains how and why mainstream media still distort the truth in countries that are not overtly authoritarian. Perfect rebuke to your naive neighbor who thinks that the press is free because the government isn't allowed to censor it and because this isn't a dictatorship. Read this in late high school and explains well how even if most journalists are trying to report the truth as they see it, the news ends up being shaped by structural forces beyond their control that are favorable to powerful interests and the status quo.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael P.

    You are an idiot if you think the American new media has a liberal bias. The proof is in this book, along with suggestions for changing the media's conservative bias. The suggestions may work, but they are not practical in a free society. I highly recommend this books but only as a myth buster. You are an idiot if you think the American new media has a liberal bias. The proof is in this book, along with suggestions for changing the media's conservative bias. The suggestions may work, but they are not practical in a free society. I highly recommend this books but only as a myth buster.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MM

    Good for thinking about the role of political communication systems for participatory democracy, the role of journalism in general, and how corporate media structures clog these roles. A useful critique of the political economy of media.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    A tiny book with a powerful punch.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Smith Q. Johns

    Short and sweet. At times a little boring or pretentious or hard to understand but most of it is actually awesome. Too bad he didn't have a better editor. Many many great quotes from this book. Short and sweet. At times a little boring or pretentious or hard to understand but most of it is actually awesome. Too bad he didn't have a better editor. Many many great quotes from this book.

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    Àngels

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    Wendy Schroeder

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    Jeremy Wilker

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    Mark Wagnon

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    Matt

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    Lynn Waddell

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    Brent

  15. 5 out of 5

    Masahiro Caldwell Jackson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

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    Jen

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    Robert Zimmermann

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    Alexis

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    Deneen Gilmour

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    Desiree

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    Mauri

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    David Ruth

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    John

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    Lady Elif

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julian Harper

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    Gerard A. Hauser

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Martinello

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