How the Mass Media Have Transformed World Politics
The author argues that these case studies show that the mass media can either enrich or enslave the human spirit, depending upon their moral foundation. If the media follow a liberal democratic model, as in the United States and Western Europe, they contribute to a free and just society. If they follow an authoritarian model, as in South Africa before Mandela, or a totalitarian model as in Saddam Hussein's Iraq or Fidel Castro's Cuba, they perpetuate the regime in power and deny the fruits of freedom and democracy to the people.
Edwards addresses the question of how responsibly the American media, the most influential media in the world, handle their enormous power. Using the results obtained from his survey of 100 leading journalists as well as close analysis of major news stories of the last decade, the author confirms the rampant cynicism of the American media and its deleterious effect on American politics and government. The solution, he suggests, is that American journalists must practice moral responsibility and strengthen the liberal democratic model of mediapolitik around the world.
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"Mediapolitik is superb—a much-needed, comprehensive study of a crucial topic. It is full of insight in its analysis and wisdom in its conclusions."—Peter W. Rodman, former Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
"A revealing study of the mass media's impact on world politics. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but Mediapolitik is well worth reading."—Hal Bruno, former political director, ABC News
"Edwards is a sterling advocate for more responsibility in journalism. His cogent insights are always worthy of study and debate."—Stephen Hess, The Brookings Institution, author of The Little Book of Campaign Etiquette
"The author's case studies are valuable. No one, to my knowledge, has presented such information and analysis in such a systematic fashion."—Prof. Marvin Olasky, Acton Institute
"A very plausible and reliable overview of the impact of changes in news and entertainment media on the politics of our world. . . . The"—
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