Labour, the Left and the Media

Labour, the Left and the Media

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The importance of media ownership - and the issues of control, accountability, influence and democracy which cluster around it - has been hotly contested ever since the emergence of a truly mass media. In "Labour, the Left and the Media", Tom O'Malley - author of "Regulating the Press" (With Clive Soley), 2000 - provides the first single-volume history of the sometimes troubled postwar relationships between left, labour and community movements and the media in Britain and the US. He examines the tensions that have existed - and which continue to exist - between those on the left who have taken a broadly libertarian, anti-statist line on questions of media policy and those who have drawn on marxist and liberal traditions to argue for a more diverse approach.O'Malley's principal concern is to examine what theoretical and practical conclusions we might draw from this historical account that could usefully inform a revitalised left approach to media policy in the fragmenting mass media world of the twenty-first century.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745310761
  • 9780745310763

About Tom O'Malley

Tom O'Malley is professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is a key member of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and has been active in media politics for many years, particularly around issues of trade union organisation within the media.show more

Table of contents

IntroductionChapter 1: Media and Democracy since 1945: An Historical OverviewChapter 2: Labour and Power: Official Policy and the Emergence of DissentChapter 3: The Media inTransitionChapter 4: The Underground Press: Alternative Political Cultures and the Media DebateChapter 5: Wavelengths: Accountability and the CommunityChapter 6: Big Screen, Silver Screen: Radical Film and VideoChapter 7: Tied up in Knots: Cable and the CommunityChapter 8: The Media and the Left: Developing Media Policy and PracticeBibliographyIndexshow more