Media Books and Articles

 

Classics: 

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World Revisited (1958). [Ah, so Brave New World is about the United States, after all--no wonder we never hear about this interesting, more explicit, sequel to it].

Sinclair, Upton. The Brass Check (1919). [This is still, in my opinion, the best written, most original, most passionate, most informative, least equivocating, most honest, and, yes, most heartbreaking, critique of the U.S. media still available. If you are going to read just one book about the media, this is it. This book also puts things in historical perspective. Eighty years have gone by since it was written, and the situation now is more ominous and sinister than it had been then. Also, don't let Sinclair's "socialism" bother you. Socialism for him conveyed, roughly, the same meaning as "justice" and "brotherhood" conveyed for Christ and Buddha]].

 

Other Books of Interest:

Bagdikian, Ben H. The Media Monopoly.

Herman, Edward S. and Chomsky, Noam. Manufacturing Consent (1988).

Lee, Martin A. and Solomon, Norman. Unreliable Sources (1990).

Nissani, M. Lives in the Balance (1992), Chap. 9.

Parenti, Michael: a. Inventing Reality (1986); b. Dirty Truths (1996).

Rosenfeld, Richard N., American Aurora (1997). [A truly fascinating book showing that, once upon a time, in a few places, a free press managed to survive].

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