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Author Gershberg, Zachary, 1980- author.

Title The paradox of democracy : free speech, open media, and perilous persuasion / Zac Gershberg and Sean Illing.

Publication Info. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2022.


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  302.23 GER    Check Shelf
Description 329 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Bias and the Disruption -- Mere Rhetoric: From Free Speech to Bread and Circuses -- The News-Print Revolution -- The Rise of the Public(s): From a Fuller World to Morse's Macrocosm -- This Is Fascism -- Playing Checkers: An Uneasy Triumph for Liberal Democracy -- The Death of Liberal Democracy: Have We Got Fake(d) News for You -- Democracy, If We Can Keep It.
Summary "In The Paradox of Democracy: New Media and the Eternal Problem of Politics, Sean Illing and Zac Gershberg argue that, although free speech and media has always been a necessary condition of democracy, that very freedom also is its greatest threat. Free speech gives those who would destroy democracy license to mislead the public, using whatever forms of media are available. New forms of media offer opportunities to both supporters and critics of democracy. Reaching back to the ancient Greeks and continuing through media disruptions such as the invention of the printing press, the growth of "yellow" journalism and mass circulation newspapers, to new media today, they contend that democracies have always been unsettled by changes in media. The authors trace how each of these changes have challenged democracy by providing new ways of talking about politics and of reaching audiences with often unsettling effects. They conclude by exploring what kinds of communication facilitates and defends democracy as changing technology overwhelms older forms of communication"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Mass media and public opinion.
Democracy -- Philosophy.
Journalism -- Political aspects.
Democracy -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst00890092
Journalism -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00984078
Mass media and public opinion. (OCoLC)fst01011360
Added Author Illing, Sean D., author.
ISBN 9780226681702 hardcover
022668170X hardcover
9780226818900 electronic book
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