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Todd Gitlin

News Organizations are Inhibited by Corporations, Says Todd Gitlin

The news delivered by corporate media is "dots, not connections -- tidbits, not linkages" that ultimately function more as recreation than analysis, says Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology and author of "Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives" (2002). Gitlin discusses the complex relationship between the ideals of the First Amendment and the monetary goals of corporate media. "As long as news organizations are beholden to corporations whose mission is simply to aggregate eyeballs and eardrums and rent them to advertisers, news organizations are inhibited in the pursuit of public knowledge," he says.

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Shot: Dec 17, 2002
Published: Jan 29, 2003
Last modified:Jan 28, 2003