Prologue to A Farce

Prologue to A Farce

Communication and Democracy in America

eBook - 2006
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Inspired by Madison's observation, Mark Lloyd has crafted a complex and powerful assessment of the relationship between communications and democracy in the United States. In Prologue to a farce, he argues that citizens' political capabilities depend on broad public access to media technologies, but that the U.S. communications environment has become unfairly dominated by corporate interests. Drawing on a wealth of historical sources, Lloyd demonstrates that despite the persistent hope that a new technology (from the telegraph to the Internet) will rise to serve the needs of the republic, none have solved the fundamental problems created by corporate domination. After examining failed alternatives to the strong publicly-owned communications model, such as anti-trust regulation, the public trustee rules of the Federal Communications Commission, and the under-funded public broadcasting service, Lloyd argues that we must recreate a modern version of the Founder's communications environment, and offers concrete strategies aimed at empowering citizens.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2006
ISBN: 9780252091759
0252091752
9780252073427
0252073428
9780252031045
0252031040
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 338 pages)
Alternative Title: Prolog to a farce

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