Communication Revolution

Critical Junctures and the Future of Media

A controversial critique of media studies from the writer Mark Crispin Miller calls “the greatest of our media historians”

“A call to action . . . [McChesney] inspires citizens who might otherwise assume there’s no way to oppose the lobbying muscle of the media and telecom behemoths.” —Associated Press

In Communication Revolution—both a sharp and cogent analysis of the history of media studies and a clarion call for citizen participation—Robert McChesney argues that with the Internet and wireless technology set to overtake traditional media, we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a more egalitarian communication system. He brilliantly shows how communication scholarship has failed to rise to the challenge of conceiving what this system might look like, leaving it to the burgeoning media reform movement (in which he has been a key player) to fill the vision vacuum.

Bringing both his authoritative analysis and unparalleled historical knowledge to bear on an urgent issue of our time, McChesney challenges us to transform the way we think about media. As Noam Chomsky has said, “Robert McChesney’s work has been of extraordinary importance. . . . It should be read with care and concern by people who care about freedom and basic rights.”



“Robert McChesney is the conscience of the media in America.”
—Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity

Books by Robert W. McChesney

Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights
The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done to Fix It

Robert W. McChesney, Victor Pickard

Our Unfree Press
100 Years of Radical Media Criticism

Robert W. McChesney, Ben Scott

Rich Media, Poor Democracy
Communication Politics in Dubious Times

Robert W. McChesney

Tragedy and Farce
How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy

John Nichols, Robert W. McChesney

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