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Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America (History of Communication)

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Inspired by Madison’s observation, Mark Lloyd has crafted a complex and powerful assessment of the relationship between communications and democracy in the United States. In Prologue to a Farce, he argues that citizens’ political capabilities depend on broad public access to media technologies, but that the U.S. communications environment has become unfairly dominated by corporate interests. 

 

Drawing on a wealth of historical sources, Lloyd demonstrates that despite the persistent hope that a new technology (from the telegraph to the Internet) will rise to serve the needs of the republic, none have solved the fundamental problems created by corporate domination. After examining failed alternatives to the strong publicly-owned communications model, such as anti-trust regulation, the public trustee rules of the Federal Communications Commission, and the under-funded public broadcasting service, Lloyd argues that we must recreate a modern version of the Founder’s communications environment, and offers concrete strategies aimed at empowering citizens.

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Echoing James Madison's 1822 warning, "A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both," Lloyd (senior fellow at the Center for American Progress) constructs a political history of communications policy in the United States from the Constitutional Convention to the present time. He argues that in the longstanding battle between public interests and financial interests, the latter have come to dominate today's communication landscape, with severe deleterious effects for the practice of republican democracy. He concludes with a number of recommendations for reclaiming the Founder's communications environment, including ending the federal subsidy of commercial media, reforming the Corporation for Public Broadcasting along democratic lines, fully funding the Federal Communications Commission, providing universal communications service support to all nonprofit organizations, restoring postal subsidies to small independent nonprofit presses and returning the postal service to congressional control, and including civics and media literacy as part of the core curriculum of public secondary schools. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The cure for an American media where market interests have usurped democratic participation

About the Author

Mark Lloyd is Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a professor of public policy at Georgetown University. He is both a communications lawyer and an award-winning broadcast journalist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252073427
Author:
Lloyd, Mark
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Editor:
McChesney, Robert W.
Editor:
Nerone, John C.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Industries - Media & Communications Industries
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
POL030000
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Democracy -- United States.
Subject:
Communication policy -- United States.
Subject:
Business Communication
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
History of Communication
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Business » Communication
Business » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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