When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in , critics called Ben Bagdikian’s warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership . In Bagdikian authored a widely cited and acclaimed work, The In , The New Media Monopoly was published. “Ben Bagdikian has written the first great media book of the twenty-first century. The New Media Monopoly will provide a roadmap to understanding how we got.

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Since this classic on corporate control of the media was first published inthe number of corporations jedia our media has shrunk from fifty to merely five. Once called “alarmist,” Bagdikian’s claims are uncanny and chilling in their accuracyl This much-needed sixth edition follows up on the digital revolution, bagdikia startling details of a new communications Since this classic on corporate control of the media was first published inthe number of corporations dominating our media has shrunk from fifty to merely five.

Once called “alarmist,” Bagdikian’s claims are uncanny and chilling in their accuracyl This much-needed sixth edition follows up on the digital revolution, revealing startling details of a new communications cartel within the United States.

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This one I read while I was in Journalism school It was rather disconcerting to find out my chosen profession was a gen PR function of the corporate world when I was nearing the end of my degree.

Jan mknopoly, Kate rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A lot of interesting things to consider regarding corporations and the bottom line, monlpoly the ways in which “news” has been commodified. I gave up reading this the medja time but returned to it with energy monopoky enthusiasm. Lots of reasons to back up that feeling in the pit of my stomach that there’s really something wrong with the status quo and that our society has gotten off track somehow.

Though readers pay for the pages of advertising, the high volume of pages beb in a newspaper plant because of ad pages reduces the production cost per page. It meda the enormous increase in ad pages that makes for a net increase in the cost of the whole paper. So bahdikian these pages would mean smaller printing runs, which would be cheaper in total but higher per page by 70 percent.

A paper with level ads, twelve and a half pages, would cost, brn most 14 cents, instead of the 20 cents for the present [] level of ads, forty three pages. Elimination of most of the larger ads in a newspaper would reduce the cost of many manufactured goods whose makers now add the cost of ads to the price. Even more could be saved by the reduced prices of consumer goods while giving the readers a less expensive paper that would still have twelve pages of ads.


They showed that the tax laws bwgdikian Saudi Arabia were drafted with the help of of Aramco to call the added price of oil not a ‘royalty’ but an ‘income tax. A calculation by the House Ways and Means Committee showed that about 75 percent of what the oil companies paid Saudi Arabia for oil was counted as ‘income tax,’ reducing their U. It is such a highly profitable avoidance of domestic taxes that it has motivated the major oil companies to emphasize Middle East oil despite its high price and unstable future.

All wars are humane. The status quo is wonderful. Also wonderful are grocery stores, bakeries, drug companies, restaurants, and laundries.

Religionists, especially clergy, are perfect. All users of cigarettes are gentle, graceful, healthy, youthful people. In fact, anyone who uses a tobacco product is a hero.

People who commit suicide never do it with pills. All financial institutions are always in good shape. The American way of life is beyond criticism. Major advertisers insisted, successfully, that these specific ideas be expressed not in ads but in the ostensibly ‘independent’ news reporting, editorial content, or entertainment programs of newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. The readers, listeners, and viewers do not know that these messages are planted by advertisers.

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They are not supposed to know. They are supposed to think that these ideas are the independent work of professional journalists and playwrights detached from anything commercial. If the audiences were told that the ideas represented explicit demands of corporations who advertised, the messages would lose their impact.

That, almost inevitably, means perpetuation of power without accountability. By following these policies of news, American media corporations benefit from the political sterility of the media. A population unable to select alternative patterns of power sustains the status quo. Items about high costs or flaws in welfare and labor unions are likely to be emphasized and repeated.

Items such as General Electric’s conviction for cheating on its defense contract in are not as likely to be pursued by a series of articles in depth monopkly flaws in defense contracting. Over long periods of time, this results in the public impression that public-sector activities are essentially flawed and should be limited while private enterprises are essentially sound and have no need for change.

Democracy’s strength is in its ability to adapt nonviolently to changing needs, and in the last quarter of a century monololy United States has developed a special need for openness to new ideas and diversity of information.

It must deal with the threat of nuclear annihilation, with growing global tensions between rich nations and poor ones, while within its own borders there is a parallel polarization between haves and have-nots, whites and nonwhites, old and young. Today there is a weakening of national patterns that once constituted an automatic glue. In times past, within small communities, people of different classes may not have approved of each other but at least were forced to recognize each other.

In public schools the children of the poor and the children of the rich came to know each other before the social status of their parents pulled them apart. In large cities the inhabitants have become strangers. They no longer attend the same schools or ride the same public transportation. The automobile has become a social as well as a mechanical isolation chamber in which the rich and poor pass each other in unseeing isolation.


Oct 04, Jeff rated it really liked it. Yeah, this is one of those books that they make you read when you take a beginner’s communications theory class in college.

But, like every other book they made me read, this one is fascinating. It’s all about the ownership of media. Bagdikian said in the original edition of this book that within twenty years, less than seven corporations would own all mainstream media. He was also an editor at the Washington Post to whom Daniel Ellsberg leaked portions of the Pentagon Paper Yeah, this is one of those books that they make you read when you take a beginner’s communications theory class in college.

Although that wasn’t the leak that was published in the New York Times and caused the uproar and the widened credibility gap between the federal government and the people concerning the Vietnam War. Jun 28, Mr. Mullins rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this awhile ago, but I continue to turn to it as a reminder that Ben’s predictions were clear and not nearly alarming enough.

I see there is a “New Monoopoly Monopoly” that I bagdikina look into now. Dec 19, Diane rated it really liked it. Essential reading for any communication’s scholar or anyone interested in the shrinking number of firms who control our nation’s media output.

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Bagdikian adeptly shows why it’s happening and why we should care. Jan 07, Matteo rated it really liked it. This should be a part of every citizen’s understanding of how our society works. Media ownership and concentration matters – we ignore it at our own risk. Sep 02, Mamacher rated it it was amazing. This would be supplemental reading to Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent. Not the best written tome, but full of interesting, in no nefarious, information.

Jun 11, sologdin rated it liked it Shelves: One monopoy the more complete analyses of the media monopoly and the possibility of such bagfikian. Nov 09, Parapraxis rated it it was amazing. One of meddia few college books I read that I really liked.

Aug 01, Brandon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 29, Amy rated it it was monipoly. This is one of my favorite books. I highly recommend it! Caryn rated it it was amazing Sep 18, Kiean rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Alexis Gonzalez rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Dan rated it it was amazing Feb 08, Matt rated it really liked it Oct 07, Jesse Bradstreet rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Okene John rated it it was amazing Jun 26, Tristan Louis rated it liked it Aug 01, Tom Werner rated it really liked it Jan 17, Michael Jannicelli rated it really liked it Jul 30, Jamie rated it ,edia was amazing Aug 11, Stacy DeLeon rated it liked it Jan 15,