The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting
David Barsamian; Amy Goodman (Foreword); Mumia Abu-Jamal (Afterword)Pages: 112
Edition: Second Edition
Release Date: 2001-01-01
This book is also available in cloth
Public broadcasting increasingly reflects the mentality of corporate America, offering a spectrum of views “from A to B, from GE to GM,” writes journalist David Barsamian in The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting. The concentration of the for-profit media has made it even more difficult for alternative voices to gain a hearing, he argues.
In The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting, Barsamian draws on his years of experience in public radio and gives an insider's perspective on public broadcasting in the United States, as well as the challenges faced by new media activists.
In this new edition, Barsamian describes the important victory of media activists who have fought for democracy and accountability in the Pacifica radio network. While emphasizing the important lessons of this victory, he suggests that "much remains to be done" to build more democratic public broadcasting institutions.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Amy Goodman
1 Watchdogs or Lapdogs?
2 The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting
3 Independent Media Alternatives
4 Struggle and Victory at Pacifica
Afterword by Mumia Abu-Jamal