Communication Revolution

Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media
by Robert McChesney [New Press]

Critical media scholar and activist Bob McChesney focuses his attention on his own academic field in his latest title, and Communication Revolution will be of primary interest to students (nonacademic as well as academic) of political communications. The book’s opening chapters offer an annotated historical bibliography of the American idea of a free press, leading to a description of the author’s own political education. McChesney describes becoming politicized around academia’s unwillingness to challenge, rather than simply observing or enabling, how powerful economic and political establishments have led media away from its traditional watchdog role. He argues that media scholars should embrace responsbility for helping encourage media norms and institutions that support civic engagement and democracy. -jl

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