The Technology and Culture Forum is a ministry of the
Episcopal Chaplain at MIT, and grows out of the church’s commitment
to peace, justice, and upholding human dignity. Our programs challenge
participants to consider how their work as scientists, engineers, managers,
and citizens furthers these ideals.
The 4th Annual International Development Forum took
place on September 30, 2005. The event brought together hundreds
of students and provided extensive information to those interested in
global efforts to promote justice and sustainable development.
Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics
in Dubious Times
November 9, 2000
Robert W. McChesney is Research Professor in the Institute
of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and
Information Science at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1988 to 1998 he was on Journalism
and Mass Communication faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
McChesney earned his Ph.D. in communications at the University of Washington
in 1989. His work concentrates on the history and political economy
of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and
McChesney has written or edited seven books, including the award-winning
Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control
of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935 (Oxford University Press, 1993), Corporate
Media and the Threat to Democracy (Seven Stories Press, 1997), and, with
Edward S. Herman, The Global Media: The New Missionaries of Corporate
Capitalism (Cassell, 1997). McChesney's newest books are Rich Media,
Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (University of
Illinois Press, 1999) and, with John Nichols, It's the Media, Stupid!
(Seven Stories Press, 2000). His books have been translated into five
languages. McChesney has also written more than 75 journal articles and
book chapters and more than 85 newspaper pieces, magazine articles and
book reviews. In the past decade, McChesney has made some 275 conference
presentations and visiting guest lectures as well as more than 450 radio
and television appearances.
McChesney co-edits the History of Communication Series for the University
of Illinois Press, serves on the editorial boards of several journals,
and is a research advisor to numerous academic and civic organizations.
While teaching at Wisconsin, he was selected as one of the top 100 classroom
teachers on the Madison campus. In addition to his academic work, McChesney
hosted a biweekly talk radio show, and serves on the Board of Directors
for several nonprofit and noncommercial media organizations. In 2000
he was appointed Acting Editor (along with John Bellamy Foster) of Monthly
Review, the independent socialist magazine founded by Paul Sweezy and
Leo Huberman in 1949. Prior to entering graduate school in 1983, McChesney
was a sports stringer for UPI, published a weekly newspaper, and in 1979
was the founding publisher of The Rocket, a Seattle-based rock magazine.
of Communications Research
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign