Fighting for Air

Fighting for Air

The Battle to Control America's Media

Book - 2007
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A groundbreaking investigative work by a critically acclaimed sociologist on the corporate takeover of local news and what it means for all Americans
For the residents of Minot, North Dakota, Clear Channel Communications is synonymous with disaster. Early in the morning of January 18, 2002, a train derailment sent a cloud of poisonous gas drifting toward the small town. Minot's fire and rescue departments attempted to reach Clear Channel, which owned and operated all six local commercial radio stations, to warn residents of the approaching threat. But in the age of canned programming and virtual DJs, there was no one in the conglomerate's studio to take the call. The people of Minot were taken unawares. The result: one death and more than a thousand injuries.
Opening with the story of the Minot tragedy, Eric Klinenberg's "Fighting for Air" takes us into the world of preprogrammed radio shows, empty television news stations, and copycat newspapers to show how corporate ownership and control of local media has remade American political and cultural life. Klinenberg argues that the demise of truly local media stems from the federal government's malign neglect, as the agencies charged with ensuring diversity and open competition have ceded control to the very conglomerates that consistently undermine these values and goals.
Such "big media" may not be here to stay, however. "Fighting for Air" delivers a call to action, revealing a rising generation of new media activists and citizen journalists--a coalition of liberals and conservatives--who are demanding and even creating the local coverage they need and deserve.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805078190
Branch Call Number: 302.230973
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 25 cm.


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Apr 12, 2016

This is an excellent book, a few years dated so I cannot hold it against the author that he doesn't appear to be aware that the Big Four investment firms [Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity] are the major shareholders in the majority of major corporations in North America and Europe [and perhaps elsewhere???] and also the top 5 media corporations as well as the top 100 newspapers.
Hillary Clinton's major advisor - - through Cheryl Mills - - is BlackRock and no one has any idea who the major investors are in those Big Four firms: privileged information, just as we know they are the majority shareholders in the top banks, therefore no one really knows who owns those top banks? See how it's structured? [Most assuredly the richest families are the major investors through the Big Four - - and I don't mean the top families on the Forbes Richest, as they go by public records, and the records of the richest are mostly private, i.e., foundations, trusts, unregistered trusts, offshore finance centers, private wealth management firms, hedge funds, private equity firms, bank trust departments, et cetera!]


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