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The Resource Call to order : Plato's legacy of social control, John c. Merrill

Call to order : Plato's legacy of social control, John c. Merrill

Label
Call to order : Plato's legacy of social control
Title
Call to order
Title remainder
Plato's legacy of social control
Statement of responsibility
John c. Merrill
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Decision-making in American government and other institutions in the 21st century is likely to become more authoritarian and will drift away from the democratic ideals of the Enlightenment. That's the main conclusion John C. Merrill, a professor emeritus of journalism, reaches in Call to Order, which is sure to be one of his most provocative books. In Call to Order, Merrill summarizes Plato's ideas about social control, which emphasize a benevolent but authoritarian system, and then briefly traces its legacy, covering all major thinkers up to the present. Merrill is particularly concerned about the rise of neo-Marist theories, postmodernism, and the communitarianism and public journalism movements. "They have not directly condemned freedom, but in very subtle ways have proposed limiting the power of the media managers and putting it in the hands of the citizens or in government agencies. The assumption here is that some extra-press authority would be more responsible managers than are the current directors, publishers, and editors." He writes that "communitarianism today is trying to reestablish community and values, to put the society above egoistic individualism, and to stress social obligation rather than an obsession with personal freedom. The collectivity in a sense becomes the authority -- a kind of democratic authoritarianism. Does this mean that the 'community' has some sort of authority? It seems so, but its nature is amorphous. At any rate, individualism must be lost or subsumed in the community." Merrill isn't completely pessimistic. He says newspapers like The New York Times, France's Le Monde, and England's The Independent will continue to improve and provide credible information. However, the long-term prospects for libertarian ideas of freedom and individuality are not promising. Call to Order is highly readable and sure to spark considerable debate among scholars from numerous disciplines as well as from students in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in media theory, First Amendment and media ethics."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1924-2012
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Merrill, John Calhoun
Index
index present
LC call number
B395
LC item number
.M469 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Plato
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Political science
Label
Call to order : Plato's legacy of social control, John c. Merrill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-148) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Case Against Freedom and Disorder -- Religion as an Instrument of Order -- Changing Times -- More Calls for Order and Action -- Order, Authority, and Society -- Enter the Righteous Arbiters -- Machiavellian Order -- Communitarian Order -- The Platonic Tradition and Media Cultures -- The New Postmodern World -- Vox Populi: Order Idealized -- Semantics and Roads to Authority -- From Freedom to Order -- Journalistic Orientations -- Order Through Accountability -- Trend Toward Social Ethics -- Authority and Mediocrity -- Oases of Quality -- Speculations on the Future
Control code
308177585
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
153 pages
Isbn
9780922993819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)308177585
Label
Call to order : Plato's legacy of social control, John c. Merrill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-148) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Case Against Freedom and Disorder -- Religion as an Instrument of Order -- Changing Times -- More Calls for Order and Action -- Order, Authority, and Society -- Enter the Righteous Arbiters -- Machiavellian Order -- Communitarian Order -- The Platonic Tradition and Media Cultures -- The New Postmodern World -- Vox Populi: Order Idealized -- Semantics and Roads to Authority -- From Freedom to Order -- Journalistic Orientations -- Order Through Accountability -- Trend Toward Social Ethics -- Authority and Mediocrity -- Oases of Quality -- Speculations on the Future
Control code
308177585
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
153 pages
Isbn
9780922993819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)308177585

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