Last Rights: Revisiting *Four Theories of the Press*
by John C. Nerone, William E Berry, Sandra Braman, Clifford G. Christians, Thomas Guback, Steve J Helle, Louis W Liebovich and Kim B Rotzoll
contributions by Sandra Braman, Clifford G. Christians, Thomas Guback, Steve J Helle, Louis W Liebovich, John C. Nerone, Kim B Rotzoll and William E Berry
University of Illinois Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-252-02180-0 | Paper: 978-0-252-06470-8
Library of Congress Classification PN4751.L37 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 070.01


Though subjected to years of criticism, Four Theories of the Press remains a core text in communications. Its influence on the field, impact on generations of journalists, and ability to spark debate on why the press acts as it does continue to make it an oft-quoted source and classroom staple. 

In Last Rights, eight communications scholars critique and expand on the classic text. The authors argue that Four Theories spoke to and for a world beset by a cold war ended long ago. At the same time, they praise the book for offering an alternative view of the press and society and as a useful tool for helping scholars and citizens alike grapple with contradictions in classical liberalism. They also raise important questions about the Internet and other major changes in communications systems and society since the original publication of Four Theories

Contributors: William E. Berry, Sandra Braman, Clifford Christians, Thomas G. Guback, Steven J. Helle, Louis W. Liebovich, John C. Nerone, and Kim B. Rotzoll

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