Conflicting Communication Interests in America: The Case of by Tom McCourt

By Tom McCourt

Public broadcasting has replaced dramatically considering its founding in 1967. The becoming equation of market potency with the general public curiosity has, in Tom McCourt's research, undermined the price of public items and companies. additionally, political and cultural discourse is more and more beset through fragmentation. Public radio presents an exemplary web site to check the customers and difficulties of latest public life.

Beginning with an outline of the occasions that ended in the production of nationwide Public Radio, McCourt discusses the connection among NPR and its associate stations and the ways that struggles over investment and programming have affected public radio's time table. He additionally examines how public radio contains the jobs of public representatives into its operations and the way its how you can make certain the wishes and pursuits of the general public have replaced around the system's background. The social, political, and monetary pressures that experience impacted the challenge and practices of nationwide Public Radio, McCourt asserts, are happen in all parts of yankee lifestyles. via huge old examine, he examines no matter if American public broadcasters, as represented via NPR, have succeeded or did not engender an enlightened, participatory democracy.

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