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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in , critics called Ben Bagdikian's warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation's news "alarmist.
The most respected critique of modern mass media ever issued is now published in a completely updated and revised twentieth anniversary edition. The New Media Monopoly will provide a roadmap to understanding how we got here and where we need to go to make matters better. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The New Media Monopoly , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about The New Media Monopoly. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 19, Kevin Fodness rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. He makes some good points, but the book is so riddled with errors and misrepresentations that it was hard to take seriously.
His chapter on the Internet was particularly bad. Bagdikian is a journalism guy, so the parts about journalism and the operations of the media were great - but it was clear he was writing about some topics that he didn't understand like the Internet. View 1 comment. Apr 09, Emily rated it really liked it Recommends it for: everyone. Bagdikian reinforced my assumption that the media is more powerful than the government.
But also that advertisement is the trump card. This book set out some pretty disturbing events from the past. This was the perfect book to sum up my degree in Journalism.
It refreshed my knowledge on The Big Five and actions like antitrust law, Telecommunications Act, Fairness Doctrine whi Bagdikian reinforced my assumption that the media is more powerful than the government.
I agree. Maybe journalism-spirited people should really choose law instead of writing for a paper. Jan 26, Jerry Courtney rated it liked it. I work in the media industry so was excited to see this was updated. While I agree with the chilling effect of too centralized media ownership, I felt this was not sufficiently updated and relevant for the 21st century.
Too much time spent talking about 'dead tree media' and television and dated examples and railing on conservative politicians and policies , not enough time really parsing out effects of digitization of media it's not just 'young people' anymore. Perhaps the next edition will d I work in the media industry so was excited to see this was updated. Perhaps the next edition will do so - or read this book as a foundation then read Clay Shirky's books and those in a similar vein as companion to get a better understanding of the bottom up effects digital media could have on the foundation of centralized ownership of 'mass' media.
Sep 19, Paul rated it it was amazing. This startling book demonstrates that five major media corporations have more power than any part of the federal, state, or local government in the United States, and that the picture of the world that the U.
It is a very troubling book, but it also explains the reasons for the conservative domination of the media over the past 25 years and how corporations shape the world in a This startling book demonstrates that five major media corporations have more power than any part of the federal, state, or local government in the United States, and that the picture of the world that the U.
It is a very troubling book, but it also explains the reasons for the conservative domination of the media over the past 25 years and how corporations shape the world in a way that's most profitable to them. It also shows how ignorant and easily misled the American public is, and the huge degree to which it's not aware of what's really happening in the world. Essential reading but very depressing.
Jun 30, A. Jay Wagner added it. Bagdikian Den Emeritus Nov 21, Michael Crofford rated it liked it Shelves: society. The overall theme of the book is quite relevant - the media is still a giant oligarchy. However, since the medium has changed to the internet the book comes across as quite dated. There are lots of interesting historical tidbits that show the bias and manipulation.
For example, the invention of the Spanish-American War as well as the manipulation that occurred during the search for wmds during the last Gulf War. Some of the facts are incorrect which distract from the overall narrative. This book The overall theme of the book is quite relevant - the media is still a giant oligarchy. This book makes a good complement to "How they rule the world" by Pedro Banos and furthers some of his examples about the media.
Jan 23, Jana rated it really liked it. There were a lot different examples about power of the media and close connection to politics that I had not heard before. That made the book much more valuable and proved the point of the Media and its influence. Jan 14, Dennis Fischman rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. The first edition was of the best books I read in my political science career. The framework that it give you for thinking about the issues makes it continue to be relevant even as the media landscape changes rapidly.
Tea rated it liked it Shelves: communication-studies , globalization , history , journalism , media-studies. This was one of those books that was suggested to me by a college professor regarding media consolidation and ownership.
I probably should have taken the hint and read it then because now a lot of it felt pretty redundant knowing what I know as someone who has worked with the independent media center. That said, there were definitely chapters in this book that helped clarify things and also exposed me to some mini histories.
I did appreciate that. Two chapters that stick out for me are one about This was one of those books that was suggested to me by a college professor regarding media consolidation and ownership. Two chapters that stick out for me are one about the big five media owners today and their rise to power and the second is about Gannett's newspaper chain. Seeing as I am from Rochester, NY it was pretty great to get a critical history of the newspaper company turned into a chain sans meaningful local content.
Absolute rubbish. Anyway, Bagdikian is a solid writer, explains consolidation and ownership without getting needlessly jargon-y and tells a compelling story with a good amount of examples and research. The downside was his liberal slant where he holds this view at least in the book that if we just vote who we want into power and who we don't want out of power, then things will be great and media will be saved.
Ok, I'm paraphrasing, but that was his paraphrased solution. The other thing I felt that was lacking from this, especially in the last chapter about what to do, was the history or at least the blips of independent media and anti-corporate media actions to call attention to and demand change regarding this consolidation nonsense. Not bad if you want to know more about media ownership.
Aug 16, Tommy Estlund rated it liked it. I wanted it to be better than it was. It's not that the topic is unimportant--the way the media monopoly dictates what information we receive--it's just that the book doesn't really break any new ground.
There are a few gripping and fascinating passages, but overall, it's pretty lackluster. So, if you want a basic, beginners primer on what is meant by the phrase "media monopoly", than this book is for y Much like Bagdikian's other book, "In the Midst of Plenty" I was pretty excited to read this. So, if you want a basic, beginners primer on what is meant by the phrase "media monopoly", than this book is for you.
If you're looking for an in depth analysis, non so much. Jul 30, John Macgregor added it. Showing its age a bit. A bit too much sermonising.
Drives home the essential point - that media is no longer free because ownership is so condensed into the hands of half a dozen billionaires. And explains the buying of parliaments by corporations which has allowed this to happen. All good.
Ben H. Bagdikian, a journalist and news media critic who became a celebrated voice of conscience for his profession, calling for tougher standards of integrity and public service in an era of changing tastes and technology, died on Friday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was Over five decades, Mr. Bagdikian was a national and foreign correspondent for newspapers and magazines; a reporter, editor and ombudsman for The Washington Post; the author of eight books; and for many years a professor and the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Born into an Armenian family that fled from genocide in Ottoman Turkey, he grew up in Depression America with a passion for social justice that shaped his reporting. He became an undercover inmate to expose inhumane prison conditions in Pennsylvania, rode with an Israeli tank crew to write about the Suez Crisis, and lived with oppressed families in the South to cover the civil rights struggle in the s.
The New Media Monopoly
Ben-hur Haig Bagdikian  January 30, — March 11, was an Armenian-American journalist, news media critic and commentator,  and university professor. He worked as a local reporter, investigative journalist and foreign correspondent for The Providence Journal. During his time there, he won a Peabody Award and a Pulitzer Prize. In , he received parts of the Pentagon Papers from Daniel Ellsberg and successfully persuaded The Washington Post to publish them despite objections and threats from the Richard Nixon administration. Bagdikian later taught at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and served as its dean from to
The New Media Monopoly: A Completely Revised and Updated Edition With Seven New Chapters
The most respected critique of modern mass media ever issued is now published in a completely updated and revised twentieth anniversary edition. The New Media Monopoly will provide a roadmap to understanding how we got here and where we need to go to make matters better. No book on the media has proved as influential to our understanding of the dangers of corporate consolidation to democracy and the marketplace of ideas; this new edition builds on those works and surpasses them. Bagdikian By Ben H.
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