Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media

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Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media

by Stephen Harper

Zero Books | January 16, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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The ideological distortions of the conservative media, from Fox News to the Daily Mail, are widely acknowledged and often denounced among contemporary critics and commentators. But what if The Guardian newspaper and BBC news, in fact, constitute the most insidious forms of capitalist propaganda? In a wide-ranging and erudite polemic, Beyond the LeftA analyses capitalist news and current affairs media from a radical perspective. The book rejects the liberal and pluralist paradigms that often underpin critiques of the media, showing how media texts reflect and reinforce the material interests of the ruling class and arguing that the principal ideological menace today is posed not by the right wing, but by the left-liberal media, as it co-opts and obscures radical political positions and reinforces a range of mystifications, from anti-fascism and ahumanitarian wara to agreen politicsa. Drawing on the work of radical media critics as well as the writings of revolutionary communist groups and considering the recent reporting of war, industrial action, immigration and the environment, Beyond the Left updates and recharges the Marxist critique of the media.A A

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 121 pages, 8.57 × 5.58 × 0.24 in

Published: January 16, 2012

Publisher: Zero Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1846949769

ISBN - 13: 9781846949760

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media

Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media

by Stephen Harper

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 121 pages, 8.57 × 5.58 × 0.24 in

Published: January 16, 2012

Publisher: Zero Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1846949769

ISBN - 13: 9781846949760

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The ideological distortions of the conservative media, from Fox News to the Daily Mail, are widely acknowledged and often denounced among contemporary critics and commentators. But what if The Guardian newspaper and BBC news, in fact, constitute the most insidious forms of capitalist propaganda? In a wide-ranging and erudite polemic, Beyond the LeftA analyses capitalist news and current affairs media from a radical perspective. The book rejects the liberal and pluralist paradigms that often underpin critiques of the media, showing how media texts reflect and reinforce the material interests of the ruling class and arguing that the principal ideological menace today is posed not by the right wing, but by the left-liberal media, as it co-opts and obscures radical political positions and reinforces a range of mystifications, from anti-fascism and ahumanitarian wara to agreen politicsa. Drawing on the work of radical media critics as well as the writings of revolutionary communist groups and considering the recent reporting of war, industrial action, immigration and the environment, Beyond the Left updates and recharges the Marxist critique of the media.A A