Crisis of the Cultural Environment
Media & Democracy in the 21st Century
Turning to issues of media policy, George Gerbner delivers a stinging indictment of the way the so called "information superhighway" is being constructed. By examining the logic of globalization he shows the ineffectual nature of our present responses - such as the V-Chip - to deal with the urgent crisis of the media. Showing the real uses to which the "information superhighway" will be put by its corporate masters, he urges the citizens of the world to struggle for democratic principles in the cultural environment.
Sections: Intro | 57 Channels & Nothing On | Who Will Control the 500 Channels? | Global Expansion | Public Funded Television: An Alternative | Taxation Without Representation: The Commercial Funding of TV | The V-Chip: The Fox Guarding the Chicken Coop | Democracy in the Media Age | Don't Agonize: Organize
George Gerbner (1919-2005) was dean emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania for over thirty years. In 1968 Gerbner implemented the Cultural Indicators Project, an ongoing study designed to examine television content and its effect on Americans.
Producer, Director: Sut Jhally
Editors: Sut Jhally, Sanjay Talreja, Kim Neumann
Production Assistance: Kim Neumann
Camera: Michael Perlman, Chris Emmanoulides, David Rabinovitz
Graphics: Sanjay Talreja
Text Pages: Matt Soar
Transcription: Jo Stryker
Interviewers: Tom Gardner, Sut Jhally
Sound: John Hawkes
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Praise for the Film
"George Gerbner's scholarship is a precious national resource."
- Neil Postman | Author of Amusing Ourselves to Death