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Electronic Media and Industrialized Nations

A Comparative Study



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Electronic Media and Industrialized Nations by Donald R. Browne
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Electronic Media and Industrialized Nations considers theapproaches that industrialized nations have taken to introduce, develop, control, and use electronic media. Browne compares andcontrasts through detailed case studies, the experiences of severalnations--France, Germany (both East and West), the Soviet Union andRussia, and the Netherlands--by presenting them in light of thepolitical, economic, cultural, geographical, and demographicfactors that both shape and reflect society. He then compares thepros and cons of those experiences, adds specific examples fromstill other industrialized nations, and proposes an "ideal" systemas a way of focusing attention on what the media could and shoulddo to play supportive roles in society. Browne readily acknowledges his own biases. He makes it abundantlyclear that he believes those who regulate, administer, produce, andreceive have an obligation to understand how the electronic mediafunction and how the media should and can follow standards thatwill better ensure their responsibility for the development ofhealthy societies. While the present work is based on Browne's award-winning ComparingBroadcast Systems, it goes much further in terms of its coverage ofsuch subjects as government-media relationships, minorities and themedia, uses of the Internet, and the possible influence of "mediabarons," the European Union, and transnational corporations. Wherethe two Germanys and the Soviet Union/Russia are concerned, heprovides an account of the role of the media before, during, andafter both German unification and the collapse of the Soviet Union.He also places greater emphasis on how media portrayal of religion, class, language, ethnicity, and political affiliation provide uswith images of the relative health of civil society.

Author Biography

Dr. Donald R. Browne is a professor and chair of the Department of Speech-Communication at the University of Minnesota. He has studied and written about broadcast systems, drawing on his experience as an overseas correspondent for the Voice of America and an international broadcast consultant. In addition to teaching at the University of Minnesota, Browne has taught courses in comparative and international broadcasting at Boston University, Purdue University, and the American University of Beirut.
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June 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United States
Iowa State University Press
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