The More You Watch the Less You Know: News Wars/[sub]Merged Hopes/Media Adventures
$17.95 $13.46
  • Paperback
  • 512
  • February 1999
  • 9781583228296

The More You Watch the Less You Know: News Wars/[sub]Merged Hopes/Media Adventures

Danny Schechter

Foreword by Jackson Browne and Robert W. McChesney

A candid insider's tale of how the media really works and why it doesn't work the way it should, The More You Watch, The Less You Know has emerged as a key catalyst in the debate on media reform. Since its original release, after more than a hundred television and radio author interviews and countless print reviews and features, The More You Watch, The Less You Know has achieved the near impossible: it has brought the crisis in television news out into the open, gotten it discussed on the very television news programs it critiques, and pretty much everywhere else as well, on the airwaves and off.

The More You Watch, The Less You Know recounts Schechter's media adventures, from when he was "Danny Schechter the News Dissector" on Boston's WBCN radio, to his stints as a producer at ABC's 20/20 and CNN, to his personal odyssey chronicling the anti-Apartheid revolution in South Africa, to his development of innovative programming like South Africa Now and Rights & Wrongs as an independent producer. In this age of telecommunications bills and media mergers, The More You Watch, The Less You Know is an insiders passionate plea for freedom of the (electronic) press.

About Danny Schechter

Formerly a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard and a television producer, DANNY SCHECHTER has made waves in the mainstream and alternative media for more than 30 years. Called the "alternative Walter Cronkite," he has witnessed and participated in the history-making events of our age, from the founding of the Yippies in 1967, to Nelson Mandela's triumphant presidential election in 1994, for which Schechter was designated the exclusive filmmaker, to the Media and Democracy Congress of 1996, which he helped organize, to his most recent television production, Rights & Wrongs, which aired weekly on over 150 PBS and cable outlets nationwide. His many TV specials and films, including Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives (1997), Seeds of Peace (1996), The Prisoners of Hope (1996), Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, Sarajevo Ground Zero (1993), The Living Canvas (1992), narrated by Billy Dee Williams, Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992, with Barbara Kopple), Mandela in America (1990), and The Making of Sun City (1990). 

For eight years a producer at ABC's 20/20, where he won two National News Emmys, Schechter has reported from 45 countries and lectured at many schools and universities. He is co-founder and executive producer at Globalvision, a New York-based television and film company now in its eleventh year, where he produced 156 editions of the award-winning series South Africa Now and co-produced Right & Wrongs: Human Rights Television with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. His articles on the media appear regularly in leading national publications. He lives in New York City.

We also suggest: