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The new media monopoly
Bagdikian, Ben H.
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Boston : Beacon Press, [2004]

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xix, 299 pages ; 22 cm
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"A completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling classic The media monopoly."
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P96.E25 B34 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian's warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation's news "alarmist." Since then, the number of corporations controlling most of America's daily newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, book publishers, and movie companies has dwindled from fifty to ten to five.The most respected critique of modern mass media ever issued is now published in a completely updated and revised twentieth anniversary edition.'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 here and where we need to go to make matters better.' -Robert McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy

Author Notes

Ben Haig Bagdikian was born in Marash, Turkey on January 30, 1920. The family fled the massacre of Armenians when he was an infant. They settled in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Clark University in 1941 and worked briefly as a reporter for The Springfield Morning Union in Massachusetts. After serving as a navigator in World War II, he joined The Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin in Rhode Island in 1947. He was a member of a team that won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for deadline coverage of a bank robbery.

From 1963 to 1967, he was a Washington-based contributing editor of The Saturday Evening Post and wrote freelance articles for several publications including The New York Times Magazine. He studied the news media for the RAND Corporation from 1967 to 1969. After joining The Washington Post in 1970, he became an assistant managing editor. From 1972 to 1974, he wrote for The Columbia Journalism Review. He taught journalism at Berkeley College from 1976 until retiring in 1990.

His first book, In the Midst of Plenty: The Poor in America, was published in 1964. His other books included The Information Machines: Their Impact on Men and the Media, The Effete Conspiracy and Other Crimes by the Press, The Media Monopoly, and The New Media Monopoly. He also wrote the memoir Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life and Profession. He died on March 11, 2016 at the age of 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

In the two decades since the initial publication of The Media Monopoly, media ownership worldwide has become concentrated in increasingly fewer and larger corporations. The number of media conglomerates has dwindled from 50 in 1983 to just five today. Bagdikian (journalism, dean emeritus, Berkeley) thus set out to completely revise his best-known work and has written seven new chapters. The Internet, relegated to the preface in the sixth edition (2000), now gets a whole chapter, although the author's grasp of some key concepts is a bit shaky (Napster, he explains, "provided a large collection" of music). Unfortunately, the five chapters retained from earlier editions still rely on decades-old research, and there have been few substantive changes to the text. This lack of careful revision has resulted in some glaring anachronisms For instance, Bagdikian writes that Time magazine has been a steady supporter of the policies of Henry Kissinger. Despite its flaws, this new edition offers a thorough and in some respects up-to-date examination of a crucial topic. For lack of an alternative, it is recommended for public libraries.-Susan M. Colowick, Timberland Regional Lib., Tumwater, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xv
Chapter 1 Common Media for an Uncommon Nationp. 1
Chapter 2 The Big Fivep. 27
Chapter 3 The Internetp. 55
Chapter 4 (Not) All the News That's Fit to Printp. 74
Chapter 5 All the News That Fits?p. 91
Chapter 6 Paper in the Digital Agep. 114
Chapter 7 Rebellion and Remediesp. 131
Chapter 8 "Won't They Ever Learn?"p. 153
Chapter 9 From Mythology to Theologyp. 177
Chapter 10 "Dear Mr. President ..."p. 204
Chapter 11 Only the Affluent Need Applyp. 218
Chapter 12 Dr. Brandreth Has Gone to Harvardp. 233
Afterword: Paradise Lost or Paradise Regained? Social Justice in Democracyp. 257
Notesp. 266
Acknowledgmentsp. 283
Indexp. 285