Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Decline and Fall

The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting a must-read book by David Barsamian.

In this concise book Barsamian gives an account of the current state of public radio/TV broadcasting in the USA, what it was intended for, how it has been corporatized, the uni-dimensional programming and the resulting lack of political debate and discussion of "controverial" topics. He also gives a historical perspective of broadcasting, the role of the FCC and the media alternatives.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, in his Afterword, quotes Eldridge Cleaver (Minister of Information of the Black Panther Party) ...
Information is the raw material for new ideas; if you give misinformation, you get some pretty fucked-up ideas.

Related books:
The New Media Monopoly, Ben Bagdikan
Tube of Plenty---The Evolution of American Television, Erik Barnouw

from Bagdikan's book ...
These five huge corporations — Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — own most of the newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV stations, and movie studios of the United States.

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