FAMS T70 University of California Santa Barbara Digital Discontent Media Study Essay

Please write a response in multi-paragraph form (400-500 words total) to the following prompt, making sure to elaborate on the arguments from the readings in your own words (lengthy quotes do not count toward the word count – instead, use your own words). Make sure to answer all the parts of the prompt fully, and to proofread your work before submitting it.

1. In the chapter 3 that we read from Digital Disconnect, Robert McChesney describes the utility of the political economy of communication (PEC) in studying digital culture. What is the PEC, and how does it approach the roles of media corporations, the government, and technology in shaping communication systems?

2. In his essay, “Journalism is Dead! Long Live Journalism?,” McChesney outlines the crisis facing journalism and proposes a plan for solving this crisis in the United States. What is the main cause of this crisis, according to McChesney? What is the solution that he proposes for solving this crisis? How does McChesney’s proposal compare to the recommendations of the Hutchins Commission in the 1940s, as described by Michael Luo?

3. Referencing an example from one of this week’s screenings, describe one way in which the commercial journalism system negatively impacts the public interest.







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