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Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters
     

Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters

by C. Edwin Baker
 

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ISBN-10: 0521687888

ISBN-13: 9780521687881

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Firmly rooting its argument in democratic and economic theory, the book argues that a more democratic distribution of communicative power within the public sphere and a structure that provides safeguards against abuse of media power provide two of three primary arguments for ownership dispersal. It also shows that dispersal is likely to result in more owners who

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Firmly rooting its argument in democratic and economic theory, the book argues that a more democratic distribution of communicative power within the public sphere and a structure that provides safeguards against abuse of media power provide two of three primary arguments for ownership dispersal. It also shows that dispersal is likely to result in more owners who will reasonably pursue socially valuable journalistic or creative objectives rather than a socially dysfunctional focus on the 'bottom line'. The middle chapters answer those agents, including the Federal Communication Commission, who favor 'deregulation' and who argue that existing or foreseeable ownership concentration is not a problem. The final chapter evaluates the constitutionality and desirability of various policy responses to concentration, including strict limits on media mergers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521687881
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Communication, Society and Politics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Democracy at the Crossroads: Why Ownership Matters     5
Not a Real Problem: Many Owners, Many Sources     54
Not a Real Problem: The Market or the Internet Will Provide     88
The First Amendment Guarantee of a Free Press: An Objection to Regulation?     124
Solutions and Respons     163
"Postscript: Policy Opportunism     190
Notes     203
Index     249

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