March 4, 2018 11:16 am -

Here is just the first paragraph:

As far back as 1835, perhaps our nation’s earliest and most astute observer, Alexis de Tocqueville, understood the power of the media. He described the press as “the chief democratic instrument of freedom.” But today our “instrument of freedom” seems to mean the freedom to enrich oneself privately, whatever it takes. How did we get to this sad state?

And so begins one of the best “Media Today 101” articles we have read in a long time, excerpted from Adam Eichen and Frances Moore Lappé’s forthcoming book, “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want”. We urge you to go read it at Salon.

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