New Book: Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives

I am delighted to announce the latest publication in the Everett C. Parker Book Series, which I edit.

Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives, edited by Des Freedman, Jonathan A. Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney.

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Media reform plays an increasingly important role in the struggle for social justice. As battles are fought over the future of investigative journalism, media ownership, spectrum management, speech rights, broadband access, network neutrality, the surveillance apparatus, and digital literacy, what effective strategies can be used in the pursuit of effective media reform?

Prepared by thirty-three scholars and activists from more than twenty-five countries, Strategies for Media Reform focuses on theorizing media democratization and evaluating specific projects for media reform. This edited collection of articles offers readers the opportunity to reflect on the prospects for and challenges facing campaigns for media reform and gathers significant examples of theory, advocacy, and activism from multinational perspectives.

This book is unusual because of the breadth of scholarship therein. Rather than focusing on US and Western European perspectives, the contributions include work on Mexico, Taiwan, West Africa, Israel, South America, Egypt, and Guatemala, among many others. It includes a forward by Robert McChesney and a fantastic review essay by Des Freeman and Jonathan Obar.

Highlights:

  • Offers a truly multi-national perspective on media theory, advocacy, and activism.
  • Discusses pressing concerns and challenges in media, such as the use of social media to build reform movements, new legislation for the democratization of media, and how best to empower media reformers.
  • Explores the lessons to be taken and the aftereffects of recent battles for media democratization, such as the SOPA blackout.

A must-read for anyone interested in activism and social change around media policy.

Buy it at Fordham University Press or at Amazon.

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