A Critical History since 1922
By John Horgan
Routledge – 2001 – 240 pages
Irish Media: A Critical History maps the landscape of media in Ireland from the foundation of the modern state in 1922 to the present. Covering all principal media forms, print and electronic, in the Republic and in Northern Ireland, John Horgan shows how Irish history and politics have shaped the media of Ireland and, in turn, have been shaped by them.
Beginning in a country ravaged by civil war, it traces the complexities of wartime censorship and details the history of media technology, from the development of radio to the inauguration of television in the 1950s and 1960s. It covers the birth, development and - sometimes - the death of major Irish media during this period, examining the reasons for failure and success, and government attempts to regulate and respond to change. Finally, it addresses questions of media globalisation, ownership and control, and looks at issues of key significance for the future.
Horgan demonstrates why, in a country whose political divisions and economic development have given it a place on the world stage out of all proportion to its size, the media have been and remain key players in Irish history.
'It raises many valid questions … The book will be a very useful textbook in universities' - Independent Newspapers
'This is an excellent book' - Sunday Business Post
'Well-written, well-researched and timely … this book will become the standard work for some years, not just as a work of reference, but also as an agenda for researchers and students.' - Michael Foley, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
'Provides an absorbing, well researched, well-written and well-paced overview of how Irish media has evolved (and devolved) since independence.' - Sunday Tribune
'John Horgan has produced a valuable sourcebook for serious students and media browsers alike' - Sunday Independent
'This book must be the starting point for anyone wishing to investigate the subject.' - Media Report
John Horgan is Professor of Journalism at Dublin City University, and the author of a number of acclaimed political biographies, notably Sean Lemass (1997) and Noel Browne (2000).