Synopses & Reviews
-- The global media market of the '90s is dominated by fewer than ten media conglomerates
The tremendous growth of the so-called information superhighway has opened countless new channels for media, but only a very few opportunities for control of those channels. The global media market is dominated by only a handful of major players holding more and more of the cards. Robert McChesney traces the emergence of this global media monopoly, describes what the main players are up to, and details how the Internet is being brought under their control. He discusses the dangers of this monopoly to democratic culture and reports on what people around the world are doing about it.
"In this passionate and strikingly lucid essay, Robert McChesney makes clear why all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy. This is a must reading for anyone who wants to get a quick understanding of this troubling trend."—Susan J. Douglas, author of Growing Up Female with the Mass Media
About the Author
ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY is a research professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. While teaching at Wisconsin, he was selected as one of the top 100 classroom teachers on the Madison campus.