Fighting for Air: Battle to Control America's Media

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This book, Fighting for Air: is basically about the media freedom movement. It tries to inform the readers about the media reform movement and gives reasons why it matters. It also gives reasons why the media reform movement will succeed in transforming the media landscape despite the huge forces ganging against it. This book by Eric Klinenberg, who is an associate professor of sociology at NYU, scores more points than other books written on the same topic because; it begins by analyzing the history of the media reform movement. By reading this book one will understand, by the time he finishes reading it, why the media concentration inspires a movement of people dedicated to putting to an end further consolidation and reversing the effects of our media that is usually centralized and has homogeneity. This is achieved by the telling of the stories of the movement, the people involved, or where they have won or lost the battle.

By analyzing all this, the reader is able to trace the roots of the movement and fully understand the role played by various historical figures in the redemption of the media. (Klinenberg 56)Eric Klinenberg spent several years carrying out research on this book and having discussions with many people around the country about media and more so media reforms. Eric has been attending all kinds of significant media reform events in order to come up with such a great analysis. He spoke to different people on all sides of the divide. He spoke to people on the reformer side and to normal citizens in order to get their views on this topic. This makes the book interesting because it was personal. (Klinenberg 65)Research Eric has dedicated to this book, coupled by personal interviews and well-written stories about events, allows the...