Media and Left


Editor: Savaş Çoban
The recent economic crisis, and the challenges to democracy in an increasingly globalized world, brings into sharp relief the importance of mass communication. This volume explores a range of issues, from the nature of communication, to the role of the media industry, to the way that mass communication has facilitated social movements in many parts of the world. Revisiting the works of Karl Marx and others, the essays bring a new perspective and a renewed interest in critical analyses of communication practices globally. This collection represents the cutting edge of communication research introducing a new generation of scholars to understanding changes in the way we learn about our society.

Contributors are: Arthur Asa Berger, Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Savaş Çoban, John Bellamy Foster, Christian Fuchs, Douglas Kellner, Robert W. McChesney, David Miller, Marisol Sandoval, Nick Stevenson, Gerald Sussman, Mandy Tröger, and Michael Wayne.

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Savaş Çoban is an independent scholar, completing his PhD in the field of Radio-TV Communication. His works include the publications: Azınlıklar ve Dil (Su Yayınları 2005); Hegemonya Aracı ve İdeolojik Aygıt Olarak Medya (Parşömen Yayınları 2013); Media's Role in the Socialist Era (Amani International Publishers 2013); Azınlıklar, Ötekiler ve Medya (co-edited with Yasemin İnceoğlu; Ayrıntı Yayınları 2014), and Medya ve İktidar (co-edited with Esra Arsan; Evrensel Basım Yayın 2014).
List of Tables and Figures

Foreword, Robert W. McChesney

About the Authors

Introduction, Savaş Çoban

1. The Spectre of Marx, Michael Wayne
The Political Crisis
The Media Crisis
The Economic Crisis

2. Culture, Communication & Ideology = Forms of Work, Christian Fuchs
Work/Communication-Dualism: Jürgen Habermas and Klaus Holzkamp on Communication and Work
Raymond Williams’ Cultural Materialism
Cultural Production as a Form of Work
Communication as a Form of Work
Ideological Labour and Critical Work

3. Media Power and Class Power: Overplaying Ideology, David Miller
Media Power and Class Power
The Ideological Effect?
Gramsci to the Rescue?
Back to Marx
Corporate Power and the Media
Corporate and Class Power Beyond the Media

4. The Cultural Apparatus of Monopoly Capital: An Introduction, John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney
Brecht, the Frankfurt School, and the Concept of Cultural Apparatus
Mills, Thompson, and Williams
Toward a Wider Political Economy of Communication: The 1960s Critique
The Critique of Culture and the Media in the 1960s
The New Left and Communication: The 1960s and ‘70s and Today

5. The War Against Democracy in the UK, Nick Stevenson

6. Infamy and Indoctrination in American Media and Politics, Arthur Asa Berger

7. U.S. Media and the World, Gerald Sussman
Media and Popular Culture: The U.S. Transnational Power Context
American Media and Internal Colonization
The Future of Capitalist Media

8. The Evolving Business Models of Network News? Oliver Boyd-Barrett
Network History
A Question of Complicity
Trends of Change in the New Millennium
Transitioning from Network to Post-Network Age

9. Corporate Social (Ir)Responsibility in Media And Communication Industries, Marisol Sandoval
Theories of CSR in Media and Communication Iindustries
Corporate Social (Ir)Responsibility in Media and Communication Companies

10. Media Spectacle and the North African Arab Uprisings: Some Critical Reflections, Douglas Kellner
The Rise and Triumph of Media Spectacle
Guy Debord and the Society of the Spectacle
The North African Arab Uprisings
Sparks in Tunisia
Upheaval in Egypt
Tumult in the Arab World 2011: From the Arab Spring to Bloody, Summer, Fall and Winter
Concluding Comments

11. Turkey’s ‘War and Peace’ The Kurdish Question and the Media, Savaş Çoban
The Kurdish
Presentation and Perception Internationally
Presentation and Perception in the Turkish Media
The Kurdish Media

Epilogue: ‘The Left’ as Needed Ideology, Mandy Tröger