The More You Watch the Less You Know: News Wars/(sub)Merged Hopes/Media Adventures (Hardcover)

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By Danny Schechter, Jackson Browne (Foreword by), Robert McChesney (Foreword by)
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A candid insider's tale of how the media really works and why it doesn't work the way it should, The More You Watch, The Less You Know has emerged as a key catalyst in the debate on media reform. The More You Watch, The Less You Know recounts Schechter's media adventures, from when he was "Danny Schechter the News Dissector" on Boston's WBCN radio, to his stints as a producer at ABC's 20/20 and CNN, to his personal odyssey chronicling the anti-Apartheid revolution in South Africa, to his development of innovative programming like South Africa Now and Rights & Wrongs as an independent producer. In this age of telecommunications bills and media mergers, The More You Watch, The Less You Know is an insider’s passionate plea for freedom of the (electronic) press.

About the Author

Formerly a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard, DANNY SCHECHTER made waves in the mainstream and alternative media for more than 30 years. Called the "alternative Walter Cronkite," he witnessed and participated in the history-making events of our age, from the founding of the Yippies in 1967, to Nelson Mandela's triumphant presidential election in 1994, for which Schechter was designated the exclusive filmmaker, to the Media and Democracy Congress of 1996, which he helped organize, to his most recent television production, Rights & Wrongs, which aired weekly on over 150 PBS and cable outlets nationwide. His many TV specials and films include Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives (1997), Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, Sarajevo Ground Zero (1993), Mandela in America (1990), and The Making of Sun City (1990). For eight years a producer at ABC's 20/20, where he won two National News Emmys, Schechter reported from 45 countries and lectured at many schools and universities. He was co-founder and executive producer at Globalvision, a New York-based television and film company where he produced the award-winning series South Africa Now and co-produced Right & Wrongs: Human Rights Television with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Schechter passed away in 2015.

Praise For…

“In the era of the incredibly shrinking sound bite . . . producer Danny Schechter stands apart.” –Associated Press

“As 'news dissector' on Boston radio, Danny Schechter literally educated a generation. . . . He went on to become what he describes as a 'mole in the media machine.' His account of his struggles, and considerable achievements, should enlighten [and] inspire.” –Noam Chomsky

“Schechter has a keen sense of what is happening in network news.” –USA Today
Product Details
ISBN: 9781888363401
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication Date: October 7th, 1997
Pages: 496
Language: English