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Author Streeter, Thomas
Title Selling the Air : A Critique of the Policy of Commercial Broadcasting in the United States
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part One: Liberal Television -- One: The Fact of Television: A Theoretical Prologue -- Two: Liberalism, Corporate Liberalism -- Three: A Revisionist History of Broadcasting, 1900-1934 -- Part Two: The Politics of Broadcast Policy in a Corporate Liberal State -- Four: Inside the Beltway as an Interpretive Community: The Politics of Policy -- Five: Postmodern Property: Toward a New Political Economy of Broadcasting -- Part Three: Selling the Air: Property Creation and the Privilege of Communication -- Six: "But Not the Ownership Thereof": The Peculiar Property Status of the Broadcast License -- Seven: Broadcast Copyright and the Vicissitudes of Authorship in Electronic Culture -- Eight: Viewing as Property: Broadcasting's Audience Commodity -- Nine: Toward a New Politics of Electronic Media -- Index
In this interdisciplinary study of the laws and policies associated with commercial radio and television, Thomas Streeter reverses the usual take on broadcasting and markets by showing that government regulation creates rather than intervenes in the market. Analyzing the processes by which commercial media are organized, Streeter asks how it is possible to take the practice of broadcasting-the reproduction of disembodied sounds and pictures for dissemination to vast unseen audiences-and constitute it as something that can be bought, owned, and sold. With an impressive command of broadcast history, as well as critical and cultural studies of the media, Streeter shows that liberal marketplace principles-ideas of individuality, property, public interest, and markets-have come into contradiction with themselves. Commercial broadcasting is dependent on government privileges, and Streeter provides a searching critique of the political choices of corporate liberalism that shape our landscape of cultural property and electronic intangibles
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Streeter, Thomas Selling the Air : A Critique of the Policy of Commercial Broadcasting in the United States Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c1996 9780226777214
Subject Broadcasting policy -- United States.;Broadcasting -- Law and legislation -- United States.;Broadcasting -- United States -- History
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