Media Concentration and Democracy

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Media Concentration and Democracy

By C. Edwin Baker

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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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Political Science -> American Government

Media Concentration and Democracy
Why Ownership Matters
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 12/11/06
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511258399
ISBN 13: 9780511258398
Print ISBN: 9780521868327

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