The Media We Deserve is about the major entities of the Australian media, their roles and influence in our lives, and the issues of journalistic practice that shape their content.
The nation is fortunate to have media that are generally competent and occasionally very good indeed. But the print and broadcast material that we consume every day can also be perverse, shallow, illogical, infuriatingly opportunistic, crassly commercial, insufferably pretentious and rarely witty.
David Salter tries to untangle and make sense of the contradictions. Our media tend to deal in prefabricated versions of reality – false assumptions of habitual values rather than open-minded observation. It's a unique form of media-manufactured mediocrity.
About the Author
David Salter has been one of Australia's most prominent independent journalists and television producers. He was Executive Producer of ABC-TV's Media Watch program, and writes regularly on media affairs for The Australian.
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This is a book that exposes the media as it really is, it discusses who really runs the media and the agendas that are presented by various media. A fantastic book for people who are curious about the way the media works in Australia.
|Forword by Stuart Littlemore QC||vii|
|1. Introduction: Why the media matter||p. 1|
|2. Welcome to the bazaar||p. 17|
|3. The rules of the game||p. 37|
|4. More news than you can use||p. 58|
|5. ABC Part 1: Subverting Aunty||p. 76|
|6. Celebrity and the cult of the by-line||p. 95|
|7. Media Watch: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?||p.111|
|8. Is there anybody out there||p.127|
|9. Dirt cheap||p.143|
|10. Mogul morality and the public interest||p.158|
|11. Bias binding||p.175|
|12. The Bunyip Blowhard||p.193|
|13. Culture clash: Jocks v. Jetes||p.210|
|14. The space between the worlds||p.226|
|15. ABC Part II: Issues of governance||p.238|
|16. Urgers, coat-tuggers and touts||p.256|
|17. The self-regulation myth||p.274|
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Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2007
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.438