Media Concentration and Democracy

Media Concentration and Democracy

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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.either a much more radically reformulated antitrust law or, more likely, media- specific restrictions on concentration. ... If the price of the GM car goes up, people are more likely to buy a Honda, but the price increase is unlikely to cause many to switch to buying a speed boat, jet, ... in calculating an industry HHI, is clearly misguided a€“ though this is what Compaine does and does repeatedly.31 It is like anbsp;...

Title:Media Concentration and Democracy
Author:C. Edwin Baker
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2006-12-11


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