Most people believe that the freedom of the media is an essential prerequisite of a modern democracy. Yet there is also a growing conviction that the media are turning democratic politics into a branch of showbusiness. Contemporary politics have been trivialised into a series of soundbites and photo opportunities, and the 'classical' role of the media as a forum for rational debate between rival ideas has been traded for media controlled by collective institutions and management hierarchies. In Media Freedom, Richard Barbrook explores this transition from popular participation to corporate centralisation, focusing on the history of the French media as a model to determine why the spread of the media to all sections of the population has resulted in the exclusion of most people from its production. Barbrook traces the origin of media freedom as a positive right, explores the proliferation of an increasingly global media and examines the reemergence of self-produced media through computer networks and community broadcasting. Media Freedom is an innovative approach to media studies, challenging the apolitical stance of the discipline and offering a fresh understanding of the current debates about media and freedom.
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Richard Barbrook is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Westminster and also works for London Student Radio. He is the author of numerous papers, chapters and essays on media studies, politics, democracy and regulation.Review:
A valuable contribution to the debate on media and citizenship, both in its meticulous detail and careful theorization. -- European Journal of Communication For anyone interested in the current debate on control, ownership and democracy in the media, Media Freedom is worth a look. By touching on familiar issues in an unfamiliar natioanl context, it gives a lot of food for thought [...] this is inspiring stuff. -- Martin Spence, Stage, Screen and Media
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Descripción Pluto Press, 1995. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 218 pages. 8.75x5.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk0745309437
Descripción Pluto Press, 1995. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0745309437
Descripción Pluto Press, 1995. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0745309437