Robert W. McChesney studies the history and political economy of media. He is the co-founder of Free Press, the national media reform organization. Nichols, John, and Robert W McChesney Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America New York Nation Books Robert W. McChesney is Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the.


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robert w mcchesney He is the co-founder of Free Press, the national media reform organization. McChesney has written or edited twenty-three books. Digital Disconnect explores the connections between these epoch-defining trends with clarity, depth, originality, and verve.

McChesney makes a convincing case that media reform is not only necessary, but that it may finally be do-able. The Battle for the Control of U.

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Broadcasting, ; and the multiple award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy: The problem with this "victory" was that these educational programs would all remain commercially sponsored with ultimate control in the hands of business interests.

Other reformers have turned to "civic" or "public" journalism, a well- intentioned attempt to reduce the sensationalism and blatant political manipulation of mainstream journalism.

Unfortunately, the movement completely ignores the structural factors of ownership and advertising that robert w mcchesney led to the attack on journalism. Public journalism, not surprisingly, is averse to "ideological" approaches to the news, and therefore encourages a boringly "balanced" and soporific newsfare.

Claiming to give readers news they think is important to their lives, advocates of public journalism may in fact be assisting in the process of converting journalism into the type of consumer news and information that delights the advertising community.

Still others have joined the media literacy movement. The idea here is to educate people to be skeptical and knowledgeable users of the media.

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Media literacy has considerable potential robert w mcchesney long as it involves explaining how the media system actually works, and leads people to work for a better system. But a more conventional wing of the movement implicitly robert w mcchesney that commercial media "give the people what they want.

The resulting strategy may simply help to prop up the existing system. The morons simply demanded more of what we are already doing.

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Some observers credit civic journalism, which is widespread in North Carolina, with helping in Jesse Helms's re-election. Because civic journalism was ill-equipped to generate tough questions, or press politicians to answer them. So Helms got a cakewalk from the press, barely having to defend his record.

The evidence is clear: Our goal robert w mcchesney be to craft a media system that reduces the power of a handful of enormous corporations and advertisers to dominate the media culture.

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But robert w mcchesney one will press for reform until we have some ideas worth debating. The ultimate trump card of the status quo robert w mcchesney the claim that any change in our media system will invariably lead to darkness at noon.

The purpose of the balance of this article is to establish that there are indeed several workable proposals for media reform that will expand, not contract, freedom and will energize our culture and democracy.


Media Reform Proposals Building nonprofit and noncommercial media. The starting point for media reform is to build up a viable nonprofit, noncommercial media sector.