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Commercialism and Journalism   By: (1872-1951)

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Commercialism and Journalism by Hamilton Holt is a thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between commerce and the field of journalism. The author delves deep into the history of journalism, tracing its roots and evolution alongside the rise and expansion of commercialism.

Holt presents a well-researched and meticulously documented account of how commercial interests have influenced journalism throughout the ages. From the early days of newspapers to the modern digital landscape, he highlights the delicate balance between the need for financial sustainability and the ethical responsibility of providing unbiased information to the public.

One of the book's strengths lies in Holt's ability to not simply condemn the structure of commercialism within journalism, but rather to acknowledge its inevitable presence and question how it can be managed effectively. He suggests that there are ways in which commercialism can actually benefit the field, such as funding investigative journalism or supporting the creation of high-quality content. However, he is quick to caution against the undue influence of advertisers or corporate owners on journalistic independence.

Holt's analysis is balanced and comprehensive, addressing key issues such as journalistic integrity, sensationalism, and the impact of media conglomerates. His arguments are supported by a wealth of examples and case studies, making his points both relatable and convincing.

Yet, at times, the book feels overly academic and dense, with lengthy historical explanations and academic jargon that may deter some readers seeking a more accessible exploration of the topic. Additionally, while Holt provides ample evidence of the negative impacts of commercialism on journalism, his proposed solutions and alternatives are somewhat lacking. This leaves readers searching for more concrete steps to mitigate the risks and challenges posed by an increasingly commercialized media landscape.

Overall, Commercialism and Journalism offers a valuable and insightful examination of the intricate relationship between commerce and the field of journalism. Holt's research and analysis provide readers with a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary challenges faced by journalists and media organizations. For those interested in the intersection of media and commercial interests, this book serves as an important resource that invites further discussion and exploration of this complex topic.

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The Weinstock Lectures on The Morals of Trade

THE CONFLICT BETWEEN PRIVATE MONOPOLY AND GOOD CITIZENSHIP. By JOHN GRAHAM BROOKS.

COMMERCIALISM AND JOURNALISM. By HAMILTON HOLT.

THE BUSINESS CAREER IN ITS PUBLIC RELATIONS. By ALBERT SHAW.

COMMERCIALISM AND JOURNALISM

By

HAMILTON HOLT

MANAGING EDITOR OF THE INDEPENDENT

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge 1909

COPYRIGHT, 1909, BY THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published December 1909

BARBARA WEINSTOCK LECTURES ON THE MORALS OF TRADE

This series will contain essays by representative scholars and men of affairs dealing with the various phases of the moral law in its bearing on business life under the new economic order, first delivered at the University of California on the Weinstock foundation.

COMMERCIALISM AND JOURNALISM

In the United States of America, public opinion prevails. It is an axiom of the old political economy, as well as of the new sociology, that no man, or set of men, may with impunity defy public opinion; no law can be enforced contrary to its behests; and even life itself is scarcely worth living without its approbation. Public opinion is the ultimate force that controls the destiny of our democracy... Continue reading book >>




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