Fighting for Air

Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media
by Eric Klinenberg [Henry Holt]

A detailed and readable examination of how absentee ownership, centralized programming, and fake “localization” are undermining quality journalism and media diversity, and thus harming our democracy. Facing off against the industry trend toward greater consolidation, Klinenberg argues for the preservation of truly local media. In addition to providing detailed, engaging stories about how radio consolidation has harmed local communities (including the now-infamous train wreck near Minot, North Dakota), Klinenberg delivers an admirably human look at in the world of alternative weeklies. -jl

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey