Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Robert McChesney - A Last Sunday Special Event

Robert W. McChesney, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of the countrys leading scholars of mass media and critics of the failures of our commercial media system. In this lecture he will discuss his most recent book, written with John Nichols, is The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again, which offers strategies for expanding the democratic potential of media in the digital age. In addition to his groundbreaking research and writing, McChesney is the co-founder of Free Press, the national media reform organization, He also hosts the Media Matters weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM, McChesney has written or edited 17 books, including Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935; Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy; The Global Media: The New Missionaries of Corporate Capitalism (with Edward S. Herman); Our Media, Not Theirs (with John Nichols); Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times; The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century; and Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections and Destroy Democracy (with John Nichols). The suggested $10 donation at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit 5604 Manor, the new progressive community center launched by the Third Coast Activist Resource Center and Workers Defense Project. Filmed, Edited & Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala

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