The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting - 2nd edition, with a new Postscript
by David Barsamian, Foreword by Amy Goodman, Afterword by Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Publication Date: 2001
Publisher: South End Press
Topics: Computers / Internet, Corporate Rule, Media, Social Movements, United States
Condition: Special Sale
Description: "In 'The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting', David Barsamian not only shows us how we can take steps together to achieve a more democratic media, but how urgent it is that we do." - Amy Goodman, from the foreword
Concentration of the media has reached new heights, making it harder for alternative and critical voices to gain a hearing. Market pressures increasingly have encroached on the original mission of public broadcasting, which was to "provide a voice for groups that may otherwise be unheard." "We are subjected to programming that is vacuumed of content, that presents a range of opinion from A to B, from GE to GM," Barsamian writes. Yet around the country, innovative journalists and activists are creating more democratic, informative, and engaging media. In 'The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting', David Barsamian gives an insider's account of these new media activists and the challenges they confront, drawing on his years of experience in public radio.
David Barsamian lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the producer of the award-winning syndicated audio program Alternative Radio. His most recent book is 'Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky' (2001).
Review(s): "A slim powderkeg of a book." - KWGS Radio, Tulsa, Oklahoma
"[A] must-read for alternative media activists and supporters." - What's Up Magazine
"[A] short, incisive dissection of a problem most American media consumers probably haven't even noticed. Barsamian...makes a powerful argument that not only have private, corporate media been wholly co-opted by monied interests, but so have National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System." - Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado
"David Barsamian is the Studs Terkel of our generation." - Howard Zinn