“Eric Klinenberg has written an extraordinary and powerful account of the devastating elimination of localism in U.S. media and journalism, and how Americans from all walks of life are rising up to challenge the great media crisis that grips our nation today. Brilliantly written and tightly argued, Fighting for Air is the perfect book for anyone wanting to understand what is going on in this country, and why it is so important to our future.”—Robert W. McChesney, author of The Problem of the Media
911 Calls in North Dakota Town Reveal Dangers of Media Consolidation. Five years ago a train derailed in Minot, North Dakota leaking thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into the air. One person died and hundreds were treated for immediate health problems. The city’s six non-religious commercial radio stations – all owned by Clear Channel – never aired warnings for local residents. In a broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now airs the 911 tapes for the first time, and speaks to Eric Klinenberg, author of “Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media.” Listen here:
I heard this piece on Democracy NOW a few weeks ago and heard the author again today on WBAI. He is very informative and does a good job of rasing our conciousness of the importance of fightng media consolidation and corporatization.