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By Kevin Howley

Combining unique learn with comparative and theoretical research, Kevin Howley examines a few assorted neighborhood media similar to radio, tv, and print media, and appears on the means they influence at the lives of these who produce and devour them. He additionally addresses broader theoretical and philosophical matters resembling the half neighborhood media can play in selling participatory democracy and giving the socially and economically deprived entry to the general public sphere.

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Chomsky 1989; Downing 1989). Rather, corporate-owned media – the dominant form of news, information, and culture in the United States, and, increasingly, around the world – exhibit a tendency to reinforce and reflect the narrowly defined interests of transnational capitalism (Chomsky and Herman 1988; Croteau 1994; McChesney, Wood, and Foster 1998). This is not to suggest, however, that transnational capitalism is neither monolithic nor univocal. To be sure, governmental and corporate elites do not always share the same concerns; indeed their interests are often contradictory and almost always competitive (see, for example, Willis 1990: 156).

The lead paragraph from an article appearing in Newsweek magazine – a USbased general interest publication with a nationwide circulation of over three million that also publishes several international editions – typifies mainstream press accounts of the WTO protests: The nose-ringed woman in the thick knit poncho looked admiringly at the twisted letters on the marquee of the Nike Store. Man, she said, they f----d that up good! Nearby, two young men stood chest to chest, screaming in each other’s faces, both tear-stained from the pepper gas wafting along Sixth Avenue in downtown Seattle.

Furthermore, these reports suggest that despite the objections of a few malcontents, there is a growing consensus in favor of economic globalization in the United States and abroad. On the whole, then, dominant news frames of the Seattle protests either trivialized or demonized demonstrators while simultaneously providing near unanimous and unqualified support for the WTO agenda. Missing from these reports was anything resembling an accurate account of the showdown in Seattle. Let alone a substantive analysis of the issues raised by well over 50,000 protesters – environmentalists, native peoples, students, migrant workers, trade unionists, and others – exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of assembly and expression (Solomon 1999).

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