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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert McChesney  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

McChesney currently lives in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bob McChesney is a research professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Information and Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also host of Media Matters, weekly radio show, featuring him in conversations with a variety of guests.McChesney co-edits the History of Communication Series for the University of Illinois Press, serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a research advisor to numerous academic and civic organizations.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Our media, not theirs :
ISBN: 1583225498. OCLC Number: 50583809

Seven Stories,. .

Our media, not theirs :
ISBN: 9781609802820. OCLC Number: 774402734

Seven Stories,. .

Our Media, Not Theirs! The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media examines how the current media system in the United States undermines democracy, and what we can do to change it. McChesney and Nichols begin by detailing how the media system has come to be dominated by a handful of transnational conglomerates that use their immense political and economic power to saturate the population with commercial messages. Further, the authors provide an analysis of the burgeoning media reform activities in the United States, and outline ways we can structurally change the media system through coalition work and movement-building: the tools we need in order to battle for a better media.

The death and life of American journalism :
ISBN: 9781568586052. OCLC Number: 326649068

Nation Books,. .

Daily newspapers are closing across America. Washington bureaus are shuttering; whole areas of the federal government are now operating with no press coverage. International bureaus are going, going, gone. Journalism, the counterbalance to corporate and political power, the lifeblood of American democracy, is not just threatened. It is in meltdown. In The Death and Life of American Journalism, Robert W. McChesney, an academic, and John Nichols, a journalist, who together founded the nation's leading media reform network, Free Press, investigate the crisis. They propose a bold strategy for saving journalism that looks back to how the Founding Fathers ensured free press protection with the First Amendment and provided subsidies to the burgeoning print press of the young nation.-publisher description.

The global media :
ISBN: 0304334340. OCLC Number: 36170770

Cassell,. .

"The Global Media" describes in detail the recent rapid growth and crossborder activities and linkages of an industry largely composed of international conglomerates. It assesses the significance of the ongoing deregulation and convergence of global media and telecommunications systems and the rise of the internet. The authors argue that the most important features of this globalization process are the implantation, consolidation and concentration of advertisement-based commercial media and the parallel weakening of the 'public sphere'. It is contended that the United States provides the evolutionary model toward which the global media system is moving, and the history and characteristics of the U.S. System are described, along with developments in seven other countries around the world. Finally, the authors evaluate the defenses of the ongoing globalization process and discuss the forms of local, national and global resistance that have emerged. -- Back cover.

The political economy of media :
ISBN: 9781583671610. OCLC Number: 154759475

Monthly Review Press,. .

The influence of media on society is unquestioned. Its reach penetrates nearly every corner of the world and every aspect of life. But it has also been a contested realm, embodying class politics and the interests of monopoly capital. In The Political Economy of Media, Robert W. McChesney provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic and political powers that are being mobilized to consolidate private control of media with increasing profit - all at the expense of democracy. He examines the monopolistic competition that has created a global media that is ever more concentrated and centralized; reveals why questions about the ownership of commercial U.S. media remain off limits within the political culture; how private ownership of media leads to the degradation of journalism and suppression of genuine debate; and why corporate rule threatens democracy by failing to provide the means for an educated and informed citizenry. The Political Economy of Media also highlights resistance to corporate media over the last century, including the battle between broadcasters and the public in the 1920s and 1930s and the ongoing media reform movement today.

The problem of the media :
ISBN: 1583671056. OCLC Number: 53887536

Monthly Review Press,. .

Examines the media system in the U.S., discussing corporate control and hyper-commercialism, and argues that informed public participation in media policy making is needed to ensure the health of American democracy and culture.