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Communication for and Against Democracy

Raboy, Marc and Bruck, Peter A. (ed.)
Publisher:  Black Rose Books, Montreal, Canada
Year Published:  1989  
Pages:  248pp   Price:  $19.95   ISBN:  ISBN 0-921689-46-2
"The need to understand and cope with the mainstream media, grassroots communication strategies, the military uses of new communication technologies, and the globalization of culture, as reflected in its mass-mediated forms, is a matter of urgency."

This anthology explores the circumstances in which communication serves at times as an instrument of repression and domination, and at others as a support for human emancipation. The introductory chapter describes the challenge of democratic communication and the general direction of a critical and activist agenda. Divided into three categories, the anthology's articles use concrete examples to illustrate different aspects of the structure of communication within an increasingly global social system; of media production and output; and of activist work in various widely-dispersed situations (from a large media organization to a community in Soviet Armenia).

Some of the topics covered include the implications for communication of the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement, the U.S. use of media in its war in Central America, the limits to understanding issues imposed by television news, and the possibilities of using media in the promotion of social change.
Written by an international range of experts, scholars, and activists, this book grew out of a conference of the Union for Democratic Communication.

Table of Contents


Editors' Introduction
Peter A. Bruck and Marc Raboy: The Challenge of Democratic Communication

Contexts of Domination
Howard H. Frederick: "Development Sabotage Communication" in Low Intensity Warfare: Media Strategies Against Democracy in Central America
Vincent Mosco: Critical Thinking About the Military Information Society: How Star Wars is Working
Oscar H. Gandy, Jr.: Information Privacy and the Crisis of Control
Wai-Teng Leong: The Culture of the State: National Tourism and the State Manufacture of Cultures
Lanie Patrick: Global Economy, Global Communications: The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

Understanding Communication
Graham Knight: The Reality Effects of Tabloid Television News
Douglas Kellner: Resurrecting McLuhan? Jean Baudrillard and the Academy of Postmodernism
Gertrude J. Robinson and Claude-Yves Charron: Television News and the Public Sphere: The Case of the Quebec Referendum
Luigi Manca: Journalism, Advocacy, and a Communication Model for Democracy

Contexts Of Liberation
Robert Lewis Shayon: The Education of a Media Activist
Levon Chorbajian: For the Masses: Television in the Armenian S.S.R.
Keyan G. Tomaselli and P. Eric Louw: Alternative Press and Political Practice: The South African Struggle
Lorna Roth and Gail Guthrie Valaskakis: Aboriginal Broadcasting in Canada: A Case Study in Democratization
Geoff Mulgan: What is Socialist Cultural Practice: Does Anyone Have a Right to be an Artist?

Notes on Contributors

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