Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America

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  • Author(s): Mark Lloyd
  • Series:
    The History of Communication
  • Publication Information:
    Urbana : University of Illinois Press. 2006
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      “A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both.”--James Madison, 1822 Mark Lloyd has crafted a complex and powerful assessment of the relationship between communication and democracy in the United States. In Prologue to a Farce, he argues that citizens'political capabilities depend on broad public access to media technologies, but that the U.S. communications environment has become unfairly dominated by corporate interests. Drawing on a wealth of historical sources, Lloyd demonstrates that despite the persistent hope that a new technology (from the telegraph to the Internet) will rise to serve the needs of the republic, none has solved the fundamental problems created by corporate domination. After examining failed alternatives to the strong publicly owned communications model, such as antitrust regulation, the public trustee rules of the Federal Communications Commission, and the underfunded public broadcasting service, Lloyd argues that we must re-create a modern version of the Founder's communications environment, and offers concrete strategies aimed at empowering citizens.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780252031045. 9780252073427. 9780252091759.
    • Accession Number:
      1137144206
    • Accession Number:
      569908
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    • ABNT:
      MARK LLOYD. Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006. ISBN 9780252031045. Disponível em: https://ezproxy.mscc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569908. Acesso em: 7 jun. 2023.
    • AMA 11th Edition:
      Mark Lloyd. Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America. University of Illinois Press; 2006. Accessed June 7, 2023. https://ezproxy.mscc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569908
    • APA 7th Edition:
      Mark Lloyd. (2006). Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America. University of Illinois Press.
    • Chicago 17th Edition:
      Mark Lloyd. 2006. Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America. The History of Communication. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. https://ezproxy.mscc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569908.
    • Harvard:
      Mark Lloyd (2006) Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press (The History of Communication). Available at: https://ezproxy.mscc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569908 (Accessed: 7 June 2023).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Mark Lloyd 2006, Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America, The History of Communication, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, viewed 7 June 2023, .
    • MLA 9th Edition:
      Mark Lloyd. Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America. University of Illinois Press, 2006. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.mscc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569908.
    • Chicago 17th Edition:
      Mark Lloyd. Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America. The History of Communication. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006. https://ezproxy.mscc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569908.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Mark Lloyd. Prologue to a Farce : Communication and Democracy in America [Internet]. Urbana: University of Illinois Press; 2006 [cited 2023 Jun 7]. (The History of Communication). Available from: https://ezproxy.mscc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569908