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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Event - `Do Not Disturb: Is The Media Failing Australia'

I've had a flick through this book and it looks particularly interesting. Come along.

ROBERT MANNE
editor of
DO NOT DISTURB: Is the Media Failing Australia?

with some of the contributors to the book
DAVID McKNIGHT
QUENTIN DEMPSTER

moderated by CATHERINE LUMBY

WHEN: Thursday 18th August, 6.30 for 7pm
WHERE: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
COST: $9/$6 conc, gleeclub welcome
TO BOOK: please phone gleebooks 9660 2333

At a time when the Howard government has radically narrowed the national vision, the mainstream media has failed to notice or to hold it to account. Do Not Disturb offers diverse and enlightening explanations for this failure.

Eric Beecher gives reasons for the decline of quality journalism, and Guy Rundle charts the rise of the attack-dog commentators. Margaret Simons goes inside the ABC, while Jon Faine lifts the lid on the unruly democracy of talkback radio. Robert Manne explores the unnerving conformity of the Murdoch press on Iraq, and David Marr points to the passivity of the media during the anti-refugee crackdown.
The contributors to Do Not Disturb are all independent insiders. At a time when the media rules are about to change, allowing even greater concentration of power, this book initiates a necessary debate for our democracy.

Robert Manne is Professor of Politics at La Trobe University and a regular commentator for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. In 2005 in a Sydney Morning Herald survey he was voted Australia's leading public intellectual.

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