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Selling the Air: A Critique of the Policy of Commercial Broadcasting in the United States

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In this interdisciplinary study of the laws and policies associated with commercial radio and television, Thomas Streeter reverses the usual take on broadcasting and markets by showing that government regulation creates rather than intervenes in the market. Analyzing the processes by which commercial media are organized, Streeter asks how it is possible to take the practice of broadcasting—the reproduction of disembodied sounds and pictures for dissemination to vast unseen audiences—and constitute it as something that can be bought, owned, and sold.

With an impressive command of broadcast history, as well as critical and cultural studies of the media, Streeter shows that liberal marketplace principles—ideas of individuality, property, public interest, and markets—have come into contradiction with themselves. Commercial broadcasting is dependent on government privileges, and Streeter provides a searching critique of the political choices of corporate liberalism that shape our landscape of cultural property and electronic intangibles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1: The Fact of Television: A Theoretical Prologue

2: Liberalism, Corporate Liberalism

3: A Revisionist History of Broadcasting, 1900-1934

4: Inside the Beltway as an Interpretive Community: The Politics of

Policy

5: Postmodern Property: Toward a New Political Economy of Broadcasting

6: "But Not the Ownership Thereof": The Peculiar Property Status of the

Broadcast License

7: Broadcast Copyright and the Vicissitudes of Authorship in Electronic

Culture

8: Viewing as Property: Broadcasting's Audience Commodity

9: Toward a New Politics of Electronic Media

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226777221
Author:
Streeter, Thomas
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Radio
Subject:
Radio - General
Subject:
Broadcasting
Subject:
Broadcasting policy
Subject:
Broadcasting -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Broadcasting policy -- United States.
Subject:
Communications-Radio
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
38-5A
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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