Project Rewire: New Media from the Inside Out

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Synopsis: Judy Daubenmier collects the work of some of the most important press critics working today. Bloggers and journalists, they take us through the most important blunders of the mass media, from the 2000 election to the war in Iraq. It's a litany of missteps, fraught with instances of laziness, lies and manipulation, that leaves the reader with an overwhelming picture of a Fourth Estate for sale.

Surprisingly, this isn't a hopeless situation, nor are its chroniclers cynical. Daubenmier and the critics she gathers in this volume point out media mistakes not out of a desire to point and laugh, but out of a hunger for a return to the role the press once provided: watchdogs of government and representatives of the people.

They criticize because they believe very deeply in the value of good reporting and good reporters, and that belief shines through every piece in Project Rewire, making it a must-read for anyone who cares about the health of our democracy.

[From the Foreword by Allison Hantschel]

From the Publisher: The three main sections of this book tell you what you need to know about the current state of American media.

"Unwired: how the media got disconnected," the introductory essay by Judy Daubenmier, tells the story of where American media has been in the past 50 years, from the dawn of network TV news with Edward R. Murrow encouraging the captains of the new TV industry to make it be more than "wires and lights in a box," to 24-hour cable news channels, to an emerging Internet media.

"The Great Rewiring: Internet media covers the media" is a collection of featured contributors, including some of the most esteemed writers for online media: Josh Marshall, Bob Somerby, Jay Rosen, Greg Palast, Russ Baker, John Nichols, Kelly McBride, Robert Parry, and many others. This material, culled from the Internet and presented in a logical order, make the case--in a variety of ways--that the new Internet media, relatively free from editorial boards and constraints of advertisers, shows promise for becoming far more than the "wires and lights in a box" Murrow warned us about.

The epilogue, "Forever Wired: keepers of the Internet media," looks at four areas where Internet media can be a source of information and an agent for media reform: keeping the Internet free and open, media activism, media watchdog sites, and the blogosphere.

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