April 2009 Vol. 107 No. 6 THE REVIEW

Baker: Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters

Leonard M. Niehoff

Rationing the Infinite

Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters. By C. Edwin Baker. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2007. Pp. xiii, 256. Cloth, $68; paper, $23.99.

While in the course of reading the book reviewed here, I wandered into a local coffee shop to supplement my morning dose of caffeine.  I put the book down so I could fish some money from my pocket. The young man behind the counter tapped the cover with his finger and said, “Hey, great book.”  This sort of remark captures a reviewer’s attention, and so I asked,  “Why do you think so?” His initial deer-in-the-headlights expression gradually gave way to something like self-confidence; he furrowed his brow and tightened his lips and then responded, “The guy has lots of ideas.”

 

 

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