The Business of Media focuses on the changing media industry and the tension between the media industry's insatiable quest for profits and a democratic society's need for a media system that serves the public interest. The book reviews the history of the industry and its evolving technologies; examines how the structure and business strategies of the industry are changing; and considers the potential influence the new media industry will have on society. It also looks at how policy and citizen action can help to create media that contribute to a more vibrant public sphere.
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David Croteau taught about the sociology of media as an Associate Professor (retired) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of Politics and the Class Divide: Working People and the Middle-Class Left and co-author, with William Hoynes, of Experience Sociology.
William Hoynes is Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Media Studies Program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he teaches courses on media, culture, and social theory. He is the author of Public Television for Sale: Media, the Market, and the Public Sphere and co-author, with David Croteau, of Experience Sociology.
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