Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935

@inproceedings{McChesney1993TelecommunicationsMM,
  title={Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935},
  author={Robert W. McChesney},
  year={1993}
}
This work shows in detail the emergence and consolidation of U.S. commercial broadcasting economically, politically, and ideologically. This process was met by organized opposition and a general level of public antipathy that has been almost entirely overlooked by previous scholarship. McChesney highlights the activities and arguments of this early broadcast reform movement of the 1930s. The reformers argued that commercial broadcasting was inimical to the communication requirements of a… 
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Telecommunications , mass media , and Telecommunications , Mass Media , and Democracy
  • America ' s Battle for Media Democracy : The Triumph of Corporate
  • 1993