9781403989567

The Origins of Modern Spin Democratic Government and the Media in Britain 1945-51

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    9781403989567

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    1403989567

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-02-06
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

In recent years the relationship between the government and the media has become central to our democracy. The media have become fixated by spin; the government's concern for presentation over policy. The government, in turn, is increasingly anxious about the ability of the media to inform the people. The Origins of Modern Spin traces the roots of this relationship to the period 1945-51 when the post-war Labour government, and its media architect Herbert Morrison, moved from an idealistic commitment to open communication towards the pragmatic relationship with the media that exists today.

Author Biography

MARTIN MOORE teaches at the London School of Economics and is Managing Director of Human Capital: Media Strategy and Research.

Table of Contents

Introduction * PART I: ESTABLISHING THE MACHINERY OF MODERN GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION * Idealistic Intentions * The Price of Experience * The Problems Inherent in Government Produced Media - the Atlee Government's Experiment in Film-Making * Creating a New Framework for Information Management * PART II: COMMUNICATING THROUGH THE PRESS * No Longer Free or Fair?: The Press as an obstacle to Democratic Communication * Reappraising the Role of the Press in a Democracy * The Failure of Reform and the Justification of Modern Government Spin * PART III: BROADCASTING AND THE STATE * A Model Communicator? The BBC and the State after World War Two * The Fight for and Independent BBC * Conclusion
Introduction * PART I: ESTABLISHING THE MACHINERY OF MODERN GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION * Idealistic Intentions * The Price of Experience * The Problems Inherent in Government Produced Media - the Atlee Government's Experiment in Film-Making * Creating a New Framework for Information Management * PART II: COMMUNICATING THROUGH THE PRESS * No Longer Free or Fair?: The Press as an obstacle to Democratic Communication * Reappraising the Role of the Press in a Democracy * The Failure of Reform and the Justification of Modern Government Spin * PART III: BROADCASTING AND THE STATE * A Model Communicator? The BBC and the State after World War Two * The Fight for and Independent BBC * Conclusion

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