Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy
In this concise pamphlet, media scholar Robert W. McChesney "sound[s] a compelling warning that corporate control of the mass media has made ominous inroads into our democracy" (Ben Bagdikian).
"McChesney … has produced a [book] that, in the tradition of Tom Paine, systematically examines and refutes the myths that provide the 'impenetrable ideological armor' protecting corporate media from criticism." —In These Times
"McChesney's work has been of extraordinary importance … It should be read with care and concern by people who care about freedom and basic rights." —Noam Chomsky
"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
About Robert W. McChesney
ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY is a Gutgsell Endowed Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. McChesney has written or edited several books, including the award-winning Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935 (Oxford University Press, 1993), Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy (Seven Stories Press, 1997), the multiple award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (University of Illinois Press, 1999; paperback version with new preface: New Press, 2000), and, with John Nichols, It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories Press, 1998) and Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media (Seven Stories Press, 2002). McChesney is the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. McChesney also hosts the "Media Matters" weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio