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When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in , critics called Ben Bagdikian’s warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership . “Ben Bagdikian has written the first great media book of the twenty-first century. The New Media Monopoly will provide a roadmap to understanding how we got. Since this classic on corporate control of the media was first published in , the Once called “alarmist”, Bagdikian’s claims are uncanny and chilling in their .

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Edwin Baker describes Bagdikian as “probably the most quoted, certainly one of the most acute, commentators on media ownership. In an interview msdia PBS ‘s Frontline Badikian stated that while the First Amendment allows newspapers to print anything, especially unpopular things, newspapers have an implied moral obligation to be responsible, because of their power on popular opinion and because the First Amendment was “framed with the supposition that there would be multiple sources of information.

The Media Monopoly

Bagdikian’s first book, In the Midst of Plenty: Contents Common Media for an Uncommon Nation. Oct 04, Jeff rated it really liked it. Elimination of most of the larger ads in a newspaper would reduce the cost of many manufactured goods whose makers now add the cost of ads to the price. Though readers pay for the pages of advertising, the high volume of pages printed in a newspaper plant because of ad pages reduces the production cost per page.

Account Options Sign in. Bagdikian is famously quoted as telling his students at UC Berkeley: He argued that only locally based journalism can adequately report the local issues and candidates, otherwise “voters become captives of the only alternative information, paid political propaganda, or no information at all.

The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian

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Since this classic on corporate control of the media was first published inthe number of corporations dominating our media has shrunk from fifty to merely five. I highly recommend it! McFadden of The New York Times called Bagdikian “a celebrated voice of conscience for his profession, calling for tougher standards of integrity and public service in an era of changing tastes and technology.


It’s all about the ownership of media. In ”The Media Monopoly” veteran journalist and media critic Ben Bagdikian sets out to warn readers about the dangers he sees in the growing concentration of ownership of America’s newspaper, magazine, book-publishing, and broadcast companies.

The most respected critique of modern mass media ever issued is now published in a completely updated and revised twentieth anniversary edition. All users of cigarettes are gentle, graceful, healthy, youthful people.

Aug 01, Brandon rated it mknopoly was amazing Shelves: Just months after the publication of the Pentagon Papers Bagdikian became an undercover inmate at the Huntingdon State Correctional Institutiona maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania, to expose the harsh prison conditions.

Armenian General Benevolent Union of America. Next up Here are more stories that look at the news with empathy, insight, and hope. This would be supplemental reading to Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent. Meeia rated it it was amazing Mar 19, A Christian Science Perspective. Bagdikian began a freelance career after leaving the Providence Journal in Is the car or thimble at risk?

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Francis Briga rated it really liked it Nov 29, Bagdikian joined The Washington Post in and later served as its assistant managing editor and in its second ombudsman as a representative of the readers.

Common Media for an Uncommon Nation. He predicts that further concentration threatens to weaken media coverage of such subjects as corporate wrongdoing, windfall profits, lobbying, tax loopholesenvironmental problems, labor issues, and more.

This one I read while I was in Journalism school That, almost inevitably, means perpetuation medoa power without accountability. Archived from the original on 17 October He also served as a local reporter. Paul’s College in Tarsusrun by Boston Congregationalists.

Media Monopoly 2 10 Apr 27, Surveys show, he adds, that the biggest spenders have been winning races at the rate of 4 to 1. Refresh and try again. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court decided 6—3 that “to exercise prior restraintthe Government must show sufficient evidence that the publication would cause a ‘grave and irreparable’ monopo,y. The most respected critique of modern mass media ever issued is now published in a completely updated and revised twentieth anniversary edition.


His argument is certain to be controversial and possibly wrong. Democracy’s strength is in its ability to adapt nonviolently to changing needs, and in the last quarter of a century the United States has developed a special need for openness to new ideas and diversity of information.

The book became a “standard text for many college classes” [43] and, according to Neil Henrya classic that, along with Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Paradise Lost of Paradise Regained? The New Media Monopoly will provide a roadmap to understanding how we got here and where we need to go to make matters better. The fellowship program of the progressive magazine Mother Jones is named for Bagdikian due to his “professional record, his personal integrity, and his commitment to social justice.

Matt rated it really liked it Oct 07, Kiean rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Already a Monitor Daily subscriber? Alexis Gonzalez rated it it was amazing Mar 03, The author points out that the rational decisions of advertisers, who attempt to reach the largest audience at the lowest cost, tend to squeeze out newspaper competition, magazines that don’t appeal to the right affluent audiences, and TV programming that is hard-hitting, controversial, or in any way elitist.

It is not, at heart, to those who pay you, or to your editor, or to your sources, or to your friends, or to the advancement of your career. One of the few college books I read that I really liked.