Crisis in International News; Electronic Colonialism: The Future of International Broadcasting and Communication

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Crisis in International News

Edited by Jim Richstad and Michael H. Anderson
Columbia University Press, 1981
473 pp. $28.50
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Electronic Colonialism: The Future of International Broadcasting and Communication

By Thomas L. McPhail
Sage, 1981
260 pp.
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Two more products of the long debate over a "new international information order," covering familiar ground. The Richstad-Anderson volume is a potpourri of reprinted articles representing the conflicting viewpoints, excerpts from the reports of the MacBride Commission, and sensible comment by the editors. The book by McPhail, a Canadian expert on international communications, combines broad knowledge with incisive judgment. Both books lead one to conclude that (a) the debate will go on indefinitely; (b) it will not be settled by UNESCO resolutions; and (c) certain elements of a new information order, partly because of technological change, are nevertheless coming into being.

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