The Last Days of Democracy

The Last Days of Democracy: How Big Media and Power-Hungry Government are Turning America into a Dictatorship
by Elliot Cohen & Bruce Fraser [Prometheus]

Cohen and Fraser's book is at its core an extended sermon condemning the Bush Administration's many excesses and abuses of power, and arguing that the concentrated power of corporate media has been actively complicit in the country's shift towards authoritarianism. The authors' political analysis is designed to rile up those who already agree with them, rather than to change new minds; Cohen and Fraser are at their best when they're adding new information to the debate, which unfortunately is not very often. Still, a useful compendium of connections between a range of media/communications issues and progressive critiques of Bush policies. -jl

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