Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada

Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada

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by Marc Raboy, Jeremy Shtern, William J. McIver Jr., Laura J. Murray
     
 

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Media Divides offers a report card, or democratic audit, on communications law and policy by leading analysts and writers. The authors introduce the concept of communications rights as a framework for analysis in five key domains - media, access, the Internet, privacy, and copyright - and situate debates about rights in the context of Canadian history and

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Media Divides offers a report card, or democratic audit, on communications law and policy by leading analysts and writers. The authors introduce the concept of communications rights as a framework for analysis in five key domains - media, access, the Internet, privacy, and copyright - and situate debates about rights in the context of Canadian history and the emerging global media and communications environment. Their analysis reveals that because law and policy in Canada has failed to respond adequately to a host of pressures and developments, citizens have unequal access to the nation’s communications system and the freedom of expression it promises.

Media Divides not only provides the first comprehensive, up-to-date overview of democratic deficits in Canada’s communications policy, it formulates recommendations - including the establishment of a Canadian right to communicate - for the future. It is mandatory reading for students and scholars of communications and law and for policy-makers and citizens who want to understand or influence the course of public policy.

University of Washington Press

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Media Divides will serve not only as a resource for researchers and policy analysts, but will also be very useful for those teaching courses in communication law and policy. This volume serves as a core contribution by providing an overview of the idea of communication rights in Canada and tying together areas that are treated separately or in a narrower scope in other work
- Stephen D. McDowell, co-author of Managing the Infosphere: Governance, Technology, and Cultural Practice in Motion

Media Divides makes a singular contribution to a topic of considerable urgency and importance. It is a comprehensive "democratic audit" of Canadian communications policy, at a critical moment in its evolution, one that could determine whether our information and communication technology environment proceeds full speed in a market-oriented neoliberal direction, or instead, preserves and strengthens broader democratic values.
- Robert A. Hackett, co-author of Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774817745
Publisher:
University of British Columbia Press
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Stephen D. McDowell
Media Divides will serve not only as a resource for researchers and policy analysts, but will also be very useful for those teaching courses in communication law and policy. This volume serves as a core contribution by providing an overview of the idea of communication rights in Canada and tying together areas that are treated separately or in a narrower scope in other work.

Robert A. Hackett
Media Divides makes a singular contribution to a topic of considerable urgency and importance. It is a comprehensive democratic audit of Canadian communications policy, at a critical moment in its evolution, one that could determine whether our information and communication technology environment proceeds full speed in a market-oriented neoliberal direction, or instead, preserves and strengthens broader democratic values.

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