ERIC Number: ED060610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Mass Communications and American Empire.
Schiller, Herbert I.
Mass communications are a chief tool in maintaining and expanding American influence abroad. Various government officials recognize this and have made statements which make it explicit national policy. The domestic communications complex is a vital part of the military-industrial complex and is used to further its interests, both in defense of this country and in aggression and counter-insurgency abroad. Furthermore, our media are used for cultural imperialism, in which our products, value, and way of life dominate the airwaves of some other countries (like Canada) to such an extent that these countries have scarcely any indigenous culture. The American postwar imperialist thrust is especially evident in new space communications systems like Comsat and Intelsat. If a democratic restructuring of the communications empire is to take place, it must be a national effort, led by those in the communications industry itself. (JK)
Descriptors: American Culture, Broadcast Industry, Communications Satellites, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Foreign Policy, Imperialism, Mass Media, Telecommunications, World Problems
Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108 ($2.95)
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