(Bagdikian 2004) The new media monopoly

Bagdikian, Ben H. The new media monopoly. 7th ed. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Beacon Press; 2004.

Bagdikian documents the consolidation of most of the mass news, entertainment, and publishing media in the USA under the “Big Five” conglomerates: Time Warner, Disney, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, Viacom, and Bertelsmann. He also describes the dominance of the far-right firm Clear Channel in radio broadcasting. Bagdikian illustrates the ways in which this concentration of corporate power in media has led to widespread corruption and systematic deception of the public. There has been extensive distortion both at a fine grain (de facto corporate advertising for specific products presented to the public as news and editorial commentary) and at a coarser grain (broad right-wing, pro-business bias across the board).


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