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Conglomerates and the Media
by Erik Barnouw, Eric Barnouw, Todd Gitlin (Introduction)
Conglomerates and the Media - information control
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Boston Globe
Miller's essay on the degeneration of the publishing industry is a model of modulated analysis and curl-your-hair passion.

Mother Jones
Filled with excellent work on the creeping global reach of mass media.

Booklist
Provocative critiques, gracefully expressed.

Book Description
An examination of the effects on increasing conglomerate control of news and culture, by nine leading insiders and critics. What are the effects of increasing conglomerate ownership on the creation and dissemination of news and culture? Available for the first time in paperback, these nine essays by leading media insiders and critics take probing, critical looks at the dramatic changes of recent years. Opening with a fascinating overview of radio and television history by Erik Barnouw, the "dean of American media critics," the first part of the book features longtime media insiders such as Richard M. Cohen (former CBS Evening News senior producer) and Gene Roberts (managing editor of the New York Times), writing candidly on the effects of increasing profit expectations in the newsroom. In the second part of the book, prominent media analysts, such as Mark Crispin Miller (author of Boxed In), Thomas Schatz (author of The Genius of the System), David Lieberman (USA Today), and Patricia Aufderheide (In These Times), discuss the dumbing-down of the publishing industry, the transformation of Hollywood the increasing importance of merchandising and foreign rights in all media, and the false promise of the digital age. Finally, Thomas Frank (The Baffler) examines advertising and the possibility of resistance to conglomerate control of the media. Contributors include: Patricia Aufderheide, professor of communication at American University; Erik Barnouw, author of A History of Broadcasting in the United States; Richard Cohen, former senior producer of the CBS Evening News; Thomas Frank, editor-in-chief of The Baffier; Todd Gitlin, author of The Twilight of Common Dreams; David Lieberman, media analyst at USA Today; Mark Crispin Miller, author of Boxed In; Gene Roberts, managing editor of the New York Times; and Tom Schatz, author of The Genius of the System.

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breefree@juno.com or bcfreema@syr.edu from Syracuse, New York, December 10, 1997
Essays providing insight into a growing area of concern.
It is difficult to read Conglomerates and not be alarmed at the growing media control by a few major companies. The book begins with an insightful introduction by noted scholar Todd Gitlin and includes essays from Mark Crispin Miller (Johns Hopkins scholar and author of Boxed In) and David Leiberman (USA Today), among other prominent writers. This book is a must have if you want to gain an understanding of what's happening with media monopolies; Bagdikian fans rejoice! However, it is not chalk full o' references, so students looking for cites to follow may be disappointed. In the introduction, Gitlin echos an earlier statement by Niel Postman (author of Amusing Ourselves to Death): "Big Brother isn't looming, Brave New World is."

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