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Screened out : how the media control us and what we can do about it
Johnston, Carla B.
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2000]

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xiii, 216 pages ; 23 cm.
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Central Library P94 .J638 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Being fixed/mended

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A comparison of the cultural and political/institutional dimensions of war's impact on Greece during the Peloponnesian War, and the United States and the two Koreas, North and South, during the Korean War. It demonstrates the many underlying similarities between the two wars.

Author Notes

Carla Brooks Johnston, is a retired university professor, the former head of state and local government agencies, and a former candidate for U. S. Congress. She lectures and consults internationally on policy innovation through her firm, New Century Polices

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Johnston accuses the US mass media of stealing the country's future, killing its culture, and scaring its population to death. Using extensive data and case studies, the author argues that in claiming their right to free speech the owners of the media provide news containing little information while limiting access to media for those who question what corporate media presents. She claims owners and advertisers abandon democratic principles in order to invoke techniques designed to frighten the public, and that they lobby for laws and regulations that bypass democratic processes and cut out public input. And she castigates educators, particularly in schools of journalism, for their failure to encourage understanding of how mass media work. Extensive statistical data and examples reveal how the existing corporate media-- through gatekeeping--limit advocacy, allow the public access to only a narrow channel of information, and thus shape public perceptions. In her final chapter, Johnston leans heavily on public education and the need for a public voice in media regulation. Though the author is probably overly optimistic about how much the public is willing to alter its appetite for entertainment and its belief in consumerism, her book should be a required reading for students of media literacy in all high schools and colleges. R. Cathcart; emeritus, CUNY Queens College

Table of Contents

1 Stealing Our Futures
2 Killing Our Culture
3 Scaring Us To Death
4 Why Is This Happening? Who's the Gatekeeper?
5 What Can Be Done

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