Author: Anthony DiMaggo
When Media Goes To War: Hegemonic
Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent
by Anthony DiMaggio
About this book:
In this fresh and provocative book, Anthony DiMaggio uses the war in Iraq and the United States confrontations with Iran as his touchstones to probe the sometimes fine line between news and propaganda. Using Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony and drawing upon the seminal works of Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, and Robert McChesney, DiMaggio combines a rigorous empirical analysis and clear, lucid prose to enlighten readers about issues essential to the struggle for a critical media and a functioning democracy.
If, as DiMaggio shows, our newspapers and
television news programs play a decisive role in determining what we
think, and if, as he demonstrates convincingly, what the media give us
is largely propaganda that supports an oppressive and undemocratic
status quo, then it is incumbent upon us to make sure that they are
responsive to the majority and not just the powerful and privileged few.
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