Media and Democracy

Media and Democracy

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Once feared by princes, nobles and clerics, the old European ideal of "liberty of the press" appears to have come of age and gained acceptance among politicians, policy makers and the general public. Yet, paradoxically, there are signs in Europe, the United States and elsewhere that this ideal is under pressure and that it is further endangered by its indiscriminate or deceptive use in debates about the present and future structure of public communications. Aiming to decipher this paradox, this book seeks to define more precisely the feasibility if the principle of "liberty of the press", which is understood as comprising all the media of mass communications. The author reconsiders the origins and subsequent patterns of development of this ideal and examines its significance for present-day understanding of how democratically to control the exercise of political and social power. The book also considers the capacity of the new information technologies to foster greater press and broadcasting freedom and it proposes new terms for analyzing how this might be achieved in more

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  • Hardback | 150 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 4 colour illustrations
  • 0745608035
  • 9780745608037

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