Journalism & the Media Monopoly
When the first edition of The Media Monopoly came out in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian’s warnings about the growth of corporate control of media “alarmist.” Since then, corporate ownership of media has dramatically increased. The fifth edition of Bagdikian’s classic book was published in 1997.
Interview by David Barsamian
Ben Bagdikian was the winner of almost every top prize in American journalism, including the Pulitzer. He was the former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was one of the most respected media critics in the country and was a reporter and editor for more than thirty years. The New York Times called him “an exemplar to a generation of journalists.” His landmark book The Media Monopoly was revised and updated with seven new chapters and retitled The New Media Monopoly. His autobiography is entitled Double Vision. He passed away in March 2016.