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  June 9, 2017

Mark Lloyd: Communications are Essential to a Democracy

The professor and former broadcaster discusses the current obstacles to communications in the United States.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

Mark Lloyd is a Professor of Communications at USC’s Annenberg School, served as the associate general counsel and chief diversity officer at the FCC and prior to that, was a broadcast journalist. His most recent book is “The Communications Crisis in America and How to Fix It.” In their discussion, Lloyd tells host Robert Scheer that currently, basic communications problems in the United States are preventing citizens from receiving information vital to their safety and wellbeing. Lloyd says one of the reasons for this crisis is that local television and radio stations are being acquired by large corporations that do not prioritize local news. He tells Scheer that the importance of communications goes back to the founding fathers and the establishment of the post office. And he says that the many Americans who still get information primarily from newspapers and broadcast TV and not the internet should not be ignored.

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