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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774817752
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Raboy is professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Jeremy Shtern is a Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1: Communication Rights and the Right toCommunicateThe State of the Art

Introduction / Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern

1 Histories, Contexts, and Controversies / Marc Raboy and JeremyShtern

2 Implementing Communication Rights / Seán Ó Siochrú

Part 2: Communication Rights in CanadaAn Assessment

3 The Horizontal View / Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern

4 Media / Marc Raboy

5 Access / Leslie Regan Shade

6 Internet / William J. McIver Jr.

7 Privacy / Leslie Regan Shade

8 Copyright / Laura J. Murray

Part 3: Policy Recommendations and AlternativeFrameworks

9 Fixing Communication Rights in Canada / Marc Raboy and JeremyShtern

10 Toward a Canadian Right to Communicate / Marc Raboy andJeremy Shtern

Appendices

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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