The Return of the Public: Democracy, Power and the Case for Media Reform

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Verso Books, May 22, 2012 - Political Science - 256 pages
Under the incurious gaze of the major media, the political establishment and the financial sector have become increasingly deceitful and dangerous in recent years. At the same time, journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s News International and elsewhere have been breaking the law on an industrial scale. Now we are expected to stay quiet while those who presided over the shambles judge their own conduct.

In The Return of the Public, Dan Hind argues for reform of the media as a necessary prelude to wider social transformation. A former commissioning editor, Hind urges us to focus on the powers of the media to instigate investigations and to publicize the results, powers that editors and owners are desperate to keep from general deliberation.

Hind describes a programme of reform that is modest, simple and informed by years of experience. It is a programme that much of the media cannot bring themselves even to acknowledge, precisely because it threatens their private power. It is time the public had their say.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Idea ofthe Public
15
The Outlines of the Crisis
97
Estranged From the World
107
Estranged Erorn Each Other
123
Estranged Erorn Ourselves
137
Public Commissioning
153
A Public System of Knowledge
175
Reforming the Private Sector
191
Acknowledgem ents
210
Index
235
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Dan Hind was a publisher for ten years. in 2009 he left the industry to develop a program of media reform centered on public commissioning. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New Scientist, Lobster and the Times Literary Supplement. His books include The Threat to Reason and The Return of the Public. He lives in London.

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