Media and Society, Part 1 of 2: American Broadcasting and Social Responsibility

Three media professionals–Raymond Carroll, Bruce Christensen, and Frank Stanton–discuss social responsibility in broadcasting in the mid-1980s. They focus on its evolution from the time E. B. White predicted, in 1983, that television would be a major test of the modern world. “We shall discover,” White wrote, “either a new and unbearable disturbance of the general peace or a saving radiance in the sky.”

At the time of the discussion, Carroll was professor of communications at the University of Alabama. Christensen was president of the Public Broadcasting Service. Stanton was President Emeritus of CBS, Inc. and a trustee of the National Humanities Center.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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