The Press and the State presents a
philosophical base upon which to study the media. The text traces the
relationship between the media and the State, from the controversial
thoughts of King Urakagina in the 24th century, B.C. to the present.
As a primary text, the book is designed for
classes in Media History, Government and the Media, Free Expression and
First Amendment Issues, and Contemporary Social Issues in the Media. The
emphasis is upon the needs of the working media professional.
The Press and the State examines, in-depth,
many State-press issues, including Shield law, the Freedom of
Information Act, Obscenity, Censorship, Seditious Libel, Licensing,
Print/Broadcast Differences, Classification of Information, Conflicts
Between Free Press and Fair Trial, Defamation, and
This book is not only an excellent reference/research study, but a solid text that will be current for several years.
Presents new framework for understanding the nature of the press as a part of the state.
Part I : Sociohistorical and
Philosophical Perspectives (a history of free expression, with emphasis
upon the concepts and ideas that formed the State and the media).
: Contemporary Perspectives
Section 1 : The State as Suppressor
(including chapters on the preservation of the state, licensing,
censorship, obscenity, defamation and privacy, free press/fair trial,
First Amendment differences, economic restraints)
Section 2: The State as Facilitator
(including chapters on the economics of assistance, sunshine laws,
Freedom of Information Act, shield laws, public radio and public TV,
Section 3: The State as Manipulator (including chapters on the agencies of American government and the Presidency).
Choice: “An excellent reference resource on the history and sociology of governmental controls of press freedom. Accessible to college undergraduates. Recommended.” (named Outstanding Academic Book by Choice) American Journalism: “Their Hegelian (and Herculean) aspirations have produced perhaps the broadest perspective on political freedom of the media in one book. . . A welcome picture of freedom of the press painted with the broadest of strokes.”