Power and Betrayal in the Canadian Media

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Broadview Press, 2001 - Political Science - 262 pages

The Canadian media system, which in many respects is this society's "meeting ground"—its public square—is in the midst of a profound shift away from the foundations on which it has rested comfortably for decades. The publicly financed Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, long the backbone of the broadcasting system, is threatened by budget cuts and by technological change. The newspaper industry has fallen into the hands of a few powerful individuals. Huge global corporations and a vast communications revolution are dramatically altering the nature of news and entertainment. This book argues that unless action is taken these changes will narrow our access to the information we need as citizens and damage our capacity to communicate with each other and reflect on ourselves as a community. Power and Betrayal in the Canadian Media is a sweeping exploration of the Canadian media system and the impact it has on Canadian society, politics, and culture.

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About the author (2001)

David Taras is a Professor in the Faculty of General Studies at the University of Calgary. He is the author of The Newsmakers: The Media's Influence on Canadian Politics and co-editor of Seeing Ourselves: Media Power and Policy in Canada, among other works.

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