Title: Fighting For Air: The Battle to Control America's Media
Publication Date: 01/23/07
This year, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission are making policies that will shape the future of America's media - but you're not likely to hear much about the issues from the television, radio, and newspaper corporations that have so much at stake in the process. In "Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media," NYU Sociology professor and author Eric Klinenberg argues that a decade of deregulation and unprecedented consolidation has degraded the nation's once-rich supply of local media outlets, and he charges the federal government with "malign neglect" of established public interest standards. This forum takes us into the world of preprogrammed radio shows, empty television news stations and copycat newspapers to show how chains and conglomerates transformed American political and cultural life. But it also reveals a rising generation of new media activists and citizen journalists - a surprising coalition of liberals and conservatives from Red and Blue states alike - who are demanding and even creating the local coverage they need and deserve.With fellow discussants Robert Shrum, NYU Wagner senior fellow and prominent Democratic political consultant, and Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor and press critic whose primary focus is the media's role in a democracy.
Author: NYU Wagner Public Se
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