McChesney's Critique of Corporate Media Argumentative Essay by Shaad

McChesney's Critique of Corporate Media
A critical analysis of R.W. McChesney's eight "myths" regarding the corporate media.
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The paper examines the eight "myths" that R.W. McChesney attempts to expose regarding the commercial media and shows how he mires himself in paradoxes. The paper explains McChesney's critique of corporate media, where he highlights its visible and deleterious aspects such as bad taste, corruption in high places and the profit motive allied with economic muscle. The paper argues, however, that he has ignored the general faith in the free market, and the fact that this faith is able to correct the shortcomings of the system, and thus protect society's freedom of speech.

From the Paper:

"McChesney lists eight "myths" regarding the media, and which he wishes to eradicate. This essay argues that his argument involves a paradox, which stems from the fact that he describes the free media an inherently evil even through he otherwise advocates the ideals of liberty and democracy. The approach of the essay is to consider the final myth first, because in a way it sums up all the rest. According to this myth, there is no alternative to the status quo, and a commercially driven media is indeed the only thing that can hold back an oppressive and doctrinaire regime. As McChesney puts it, the myth holds that the only choice is between corporate control and government control, "Jefferson or Stalin" (2004). His suggestion is that there may be a compromise between freedom and control, but he fails to realize that by proposing compromise he is moving away from an idealistic position. Once the fallacy in the eighth "myth" is exposed, it becomes trivial matter to show that McChesney is also mistaken on seven other previous counts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • McChesney, Robert Waterman. The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-first Century. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2004.
  • Trend, David. Cultural democracy: politics, media, new technology. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1997.

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