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The Resource Democracy without journalism? : confronting the misinformation society, Victor Pickard

Democracy without journalism? : confronting the misinformation society, Victor Pickard

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Democracy without journalism? : confronting the misinformation society
Title
Democracy without journalism?
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confronting the misinformation society
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Victor Pickard
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eng
Summary
"As local media institutions collapse and news deserts sprout up across the country, the US is facing a profound journalism crisis. Meanwhile, continuous revelations about the role that major media outlets--from Facebook to Fox News--play in the spread of misinformation have exposed deep pathologies in American communication systems. Despite these threats to democracy, policy responses have been woefully inadequate. In Democracy Without Journalism? Victor Pickard argues that we're overlooking the core roots of the crisis. By uncovering degradations caused by run-amok commercialism, he brings into focus the historical antecedents, market failures, and policy inaction that led to the implosion of commercial journalism and the proliferation of misinformation through both social media and mainstream news. The problem isn't just the loss of journalism or irresponsibility of Facebook, but the very structure upon which our profit-driven media system is built. The rise of a "misinformation society" is symptomatic of historical and endemic weaknesses in the American media system tracing back to the early commercialization of the press in the 1800s. While professionalization was meant to resolve tensions between journalism's public service and profit imperatives, Pickard argues that it merely camouflaged deeper structural maladies. Journalism has always been in crisis. The market never supported the levels of journalism--especially local, international, policy, and investigative reporting--that a healthy democracy requires. Today these long-term defects have metastasized. In this book, Pickard presents a counter-narrative that shows how the modern journalism crisis stems from media's historical over-reliance on advertising revenue, the ascendance of media monopolies, and a lack of public oversight. He draws attention to the perils of monopoly control over digital infrastructures and the rise of platform monopolies, especially the "Facebook problem." He looks to experiments from the Progressive and New Deal Eras--as well as public media models around the world--to imagine a more reliable and democratic information system. The book envisions what a new kind of journalism might look like, emphasizing the need for a publicly owned and democratically governed media system. Amid growing scrutiny of unaccountable monopoly control over media institutions and concerns about the consequences to democracy, now is an opportune moment to address fundamental flaws in US news and information systems and push for alternatives. Ultimately, the goal is to reinvent journalism."
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Pickard, Victor W
Dewey number
071.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN4867.2
LC item number
.P53 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Journalism
  • Journalism
  • Mass media
  • Freedom of the press
  • Democracy
  • Press and politics
  • Democracy
  • Freedom of the press
  • Journalism
  • Journalism
  • Mass media
  • Press and politics
  • United States
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Democracy without journalism? : confronting the misinformation society, Victor Pickard
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-235) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : When commercialism trumps democracy -- Historical roots of US press freedoms and failures -- The early crisis and missed opportunities -- How commercialism degrades journalism -- Monopoly control over digital infrastructures -- American media exceptionalism and the public option -- Conclusion : The media we need
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on1114297431
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780190946760
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Democracy without journalism? : confronting the misinformation society, Victor Pickard
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : When commercialism trumps democracy -- Historical roots of US press freedoms and failures -- The early crisis and missed opportunities -- How commercialism degrades journalism -- Monopoly control over digital infrastructures -- American media exceptionalism and the public option -- Conclusion : The media we need
Control code
on1114297431
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780190946760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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