New Media and the Future of Democracy
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Digital Destiny

New Media and the Future of Democracy

The celebrated media advocate's clarion call for new media to serve the public instead of corporate interests—and what's involved in this high-stakes struggle
For thirty years Jeff Chester has been the leading investigator of corporate interests who appropriated and cheapened the public’s property—the airwaves. His new book warns that the manipulators of television now threaten freedom in the new digital world.

With the explosive growth of the Internet and broadband communications, we now have the potential for a truly democratic media system offering a wide variety of independent sources of news, information, and culture, with control over content in the hands of the many rather than a few select media giants. But the country’s powerful communications companies have other plans. Assisted by a host of hired political operatives and pro-business policy makers, the big cable, TV, and Internet providers are using their political clout to gain ever greater control over the Internet and other digital communication channels. Instead of a “global information commons,” we’re facing an electronic media system designed principally to sell to rather than serve the public, dominated by commercial forces armed with aggressive digital marketing, interactive advertising, and personal data collection.Just as Lawrence Lessig translated the mysteries of software and intellectual property for the general reader in Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Jeff Chester gets beneath the surface of media and telecommunications regulation to explain clearly how our new media system functions, what’s at stake, and what we can do to fight the corporate media’s plans for our “digital destiny”—before it’s too late.

Jeff Chester is the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. He has long been on the front lines fighting against the consolidation and commercialization of the U.S. media system. A former investigative reporter and filmmaker, he lives outside Washington, D.C.

Pub Date: Fall 2006
Format: hardcover
Trim: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-56584-795-8

Center for Digital Democracy
The Center for Digital Democracy is committed to the preservation and support of an Internet environment that is open, diverse, and democratic.

Read an excerpt from Jeff Chester's new book, Digital Destiny


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