Programming the Public
A Continuum Book
New York: Seabury 1977
"A well-written and graceful statement."
"The most valuable analysis yet about
what the media have done to worldwide culture."
Fort Worth Morning Star Telegram
"A fine introduction to a new environmental
movement, one concerned with the quality of the symbolic environment."
then Dean George Gerbner
Annenberg School of Communication
University of Pennsylvania
"An exceptional book... I cannot emphasize
too strongly that Mediaworld is among the few really solid works
on mass communications to be published in recent years. It is
beautifully, even at times elegantly written, and closely argued...
It could become a major work."
then Dean James Carey
School of Communications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne
[former President, Association for Education in Journalism
currently CBS Professor of Communication at the Columbia University
School of Journalism]
"Lively, eloquent, and concrete... Reading
this book, one is carried along by the intelligence of its exploration,
swept up in the pace, in the moral and political sensitivity
of the argument... Political-cultural analysis that is important,
personal, and compelling."
Journal of Communication
"This is a volume that should be widely
and thoughtfully read; it is adaptable to seminars and advanced
courses in communications and media criticism."
Journal of the American Association of College and Research Libraries
Meaning and Morality in the Media
Humanistic Studies in Communication Series
Hastings House New York 1980
"One of the more learned and provocative discussions of
how communicative forms shape the way we think about the world
and see ourselves acting in it and on it."
Julian Jaynes (deceased)
"A mischievous debunking of media moralists
in the service of awaking us to the real problems of media as
he sees them."
Lund University (Sweden)
Media: Disinformation and Dissent in South Africa
Lawrence Hill / Chicago Review Press 1987
"John Phelan has written a stimulating, provocative, and
from an original perspective"
Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale
former Director Yale-Wesleyan Southern African Research Program
author of The Political Mythology of Apartheid and South African
"Political cynics deride the notion that
the hearts and minds of people make any real world difference.
In this fascinating book on the media response to South African
apartheid, John Phelan brilliantly demonstrates that the cynical
wisdom is wrong."
Michael Harrington (deceased)
former President of the Democratic Socialists of America
author of The Other America and The Next Left
"In the complex assemblage of mechanisms
which maintain apartheid, none is more crucial than government
management of mass media. John Phelan's first-hand study of this
subject - and of the roles of opposition and world media in response
to it - will be invaluable to all students of the South African
author of Mating