The Politics of Media Policy

  • Filename: the-politics-of-media-policy.
  • ISBN: 9780745628417
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Des Freedman
  • Publisher: Polity



The Politics of Media Policy provides a critical perspective on the dynamics of media policy in the US and UK and offers a comprehensive guide to some of the major points of debate in the media today. While many policymakers boast of the openness and pluralism of their media systems, this book exposes the commitment to market principles that saturates the media policy environment and distorts the development and application of democratic media policies. Based on interviews with dozens of politicians, regulators, special advisers, lobbyists and campaigners, The Politics of Media Policy considers how governments, civil servants and media corporations have shaped the drawing up of rules concerning a range of issues including: ∗ Media ownership ∗ Media content ∗ Public broadcasting ∗ Digital television ∗ Copyright ∗ Trade agreements affecting the media industries. The book identifies both the institutions and the arguments that dominate the development of these crucial media policies. It will be of interest to public policy and media professionals, researchers, activists and students indeed all those determined to understand and respond to the impact of neo–liberalism on the contemporary world.

The Politics of Media Policy

  • Filename: the-politics-of-media-policy.
  • ISBN: 9780745628424
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Des Freedman
  • Publisher: Polity



The Politics of Media Policy provides a critical perspective on the dynamics of media policy in the US and UK and offers a comprehensive guide to some of the major points of debate in the media today. While many policymakers boast of the openness and pluralism of their media systems, this book exposes the commitment to market principles that saturates the media policy environment and distorts the development and application of democratic media policies. Based on interviews with dozens of politicians, regulators, special advisers, lobbyists and campaigners, The Politics of Media Policy considers how governments, civil servants and media corporations have shaped the drawing up of rules concerning a range of issues including: Media ownership Media content Public broadcasting Digital television Copyright Trade agreements affecting the media industries. The book identifies both the institutions and the arguments that dominate the development of these crucial media policies. It will be of interest to public policy and media professionals, researchers, activists and students indeed all those determined to understand and respond to the impact of neo-liberalism on the contemporary world.

The Politics of Media Policy

  • Filename: the-politics-of-media-policy.
  • ISBN: 9780745657219
  • Release Date: 2013-04-22
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Des Freedman
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



The Politics of Media Policy provides a critical perspective on the dynamics of media policy in the US and UK and offers a comprehensive guide to some of the major points of debate in the media today. While many policymakers boast of the openness and pluralism of their media systems, this book exposes the commitment to market principles that saturates the media policy environment and distorts the development and application of democratic media policies. Based on interviews with dozens of politicians, regulators, special advisers, lobbyists and campaigners, The Politics of Media Policy considers how governments, civil servants and media corporations have shaped the drawing up of rules concerning a range of issues including: * Media ownership * Media content * Public broadcasting * Digital television * Copyright * Trade agreements affecting the media industries. The book identifies both the institutions and the arguments that dominate the development of these crucial media policies. It will be of interest to public policy and media professionals, researchers, activists and students indeed all those determined to understand and respond to the impact of neo-liberalism on the contemporary world.

Why Americans Hate Welfare

  • Filename: why-americans-hate-welfare.
  • ISBN: 0226293661
  • Release Date: 2009-05-13
  • Number of pages: 303
  • Author: Martin Gilens
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Tackling one of the most volatile issues in contemporary politics, Martin Gilens's work punctures myths and misconceptions about welfare policy, public opinion, and the role of the media in both. Why Americans Hate Welfare shows that the public's views on welfare are a complex mixture of cynicism and compassion; misinformed and racially charged, they nevertheless reflect both a distrust of welfare recipients and a desire to do more to help the "deserving" poor. "With one out of five children currently living in poverty and more than 100,000 families with children now homeless, Gilens's book is must reading if you want to understand how the mainstream media have helped justify, and even produce, this state of affairs." —Susan Douglas, The Progressive "Gilens's well-written and logically developed argument deserves to be taken seriously." —Choice "A provocative analysis of American attitudes towards 'welfare.'. . . [Gilens] shows how racial stereotypes, not white self-interest or anti-statism, lie at the root of opposition to welfare programs." -Library Journal

The Contradictions of Media Power

  • Filename: the-contradictions-of-media-power.
  • ISBN: 9781472589835
  • Release Date: 2014-09-25
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Des Freedman
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



Media power is a crucial, although often taken for granted, concept. We assume, for example, that the media are 'powerful'; if they were not, why would there be so many controversies over the regulation, control and impact of communicative institutions and processes? Further, we assume that this 'power' is somehow problematic; audiences are often treated as highly susceptible to media influence and too much 'power' in the hands of one organization or individual is seen as risky and potentially dangerous. These concerns have been at the heart of recent controversies involving the relationships between media moguls and political elites, the consequences of phone hacking in the UK, and the emerging influence of social media as vital gatekeepers. Yet it is still not clear what we mean by media power or how effective it is. This book evaluates contrasting definitions of media power and looks at the key sites in which power is negotiated, concentrated and resisted - politically, technologically and economically. Combining an evaluation of both previous literature and new research, the book seeks to establish an understanding of media power which does justice to the complexities and contradictions of the contemporary social world. It will be important reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and activists alike.

Africa s Media

  • Filename: africa-s-media.
  • ISBN: 1842775839
  • Release Date: 2005-08-20
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: Francis B. Nyamnjoh
  • Publisher: Zed Books



An overview of the press and mass media in Africa today and their contribution to democratization

Comparing Media Systems

  • Filename: comparing-media-systems.
  • ISBN: 0521543088
  • Release Date: 2004-04-12
  • Number of pages: 342
  • Author: Daniel C. Hallin
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Building on a survey of media institutions in eighteen West European and North American democracies, Hallin and Mancini identify the principal dimensions of variation in media systems and the political variables which have shaped their evolution. They go on to identify three major models of media system development (the Polarized Pluralist, Democratic Corporatist and Liberal models) to explain why the media have played a different role in politics in each of these systems, and to explore the forces of change that are currently transforming them. It provides a key theoretical statement about the relation between media and political systems, a key statement about the methodology of comparative analysis in political communication and a clear overview of the variety of media institutions that have developed in the West, understood within their political and historical context.

Media and the Politics of Culture

  • Filename: media-and-the-politics-of-culture.
  • ISBN: 9781599429731
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Author: Nickesia S. Gordon
  • Publisher: Universal-Publishers



There is a great deal of discussion about media globalization, particularly television, especially as it is being driven by the spread of satellite technology and cable. While certain schools of thought view this trend as promoting cultural heterogeneity and the diversification of programme content, this book argues otherwise. It discusses the influence of globalization on Jamaica's television industry. Specifically, it looks at how market liberalization, globalization's twin force, has lead to government divestment of the television sector and increased private ownership and consolidation within this sector. It revisits the cultural imperialism debate within the context of media globalization and locates Jamaica's position within this milieu. It suggests that old concerns relating to cultural imperialism are still relevant in new ideas such as cultural proximity and programme modeling. The book also discusses the implications that increased private ownership of television media in Jamaica have for public broadcasting services, especially in an age of consolidation. Finally, the book examines current media policies and discusses whether or not they are adequate to address the present media environment, within which the market model of media management encourages anti-competitive behaviour among media firms.

The Politics of Injustice

  • Filename: the-politics-of-injustice.
  • ISBN: 9781452262918
  • Release Date: 2003-10-16
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Katherine Beckett
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications



The U.S. crime rate has dropped steadily for more than a decade, yet the rate of incarceration continues to skyrocket. Today, more than 2 million Americans are locked in prisons and jails with devastating consequences for poor families and communities, overcrowded institutions and overburdened taxpayers. How did the U.S. become the world's leader in incarceration? Why have the numbers of women, juveniles, and people of color increased especially rapidly among the imprisoned? The Politics of Injustice: Crime and Punishment in America, Second Edition is the first book to make widely accessible the new research on crime as a political and cultural issue. Katherine Beckett and Theodore Sasson provide readers with a robust analysis of the roles of crime, politics, media imagery and citizen activism in the making of criminal justice policy in the age of mass incarceration. is the first book to make widely accessible the new research on crime as a political and cultural issue. Katherine Beckett and Theodore Sasson provide readers with a robust analysis of the roles of crime, politics, media imagery and citizen activism in the making of criminal justice policy in the age of mass incarceration.

Television Regulation and Media Policy in China

  • Filename: television-regulation-and-media-policy-in-china.
  • ISBN: 9781135042042
  • Release Date: 2016-08-12
  • Number of pages: 274
  • Author: Yik-Chan Chin
  • Publisher: Routledge



Since the late 1990s, there has been a crucial and substantial transformation in China’s television system involving institutional, structural and regulatory changes. Unravelling the implications of these changes is vital for understanding the politics of Chinese media policy-making and regulation, and thus a comprehensive study of this history has never been more essential. This book studies the transformation of the policy and regulation of the Chinese television sector within a national political and economic context from 1996 to the present day. Taking a historical and sociological approach, it engages in the theoretical debates over the nature of the transformation of media in the authoritarian Chinese state; the implications of the ruling party’s political legitimacy and China’s central-local conflicts upon television policy-making and market structure; and the nature of the media modernisation process in a developing country. Its case studies include broadcasting systems in Shanghai and Guangdong, which demonstrate that varied polices and development strategies have been adopted by television stations, reflecting different local circumstances and needs. Arguing that rather than being a homogenous entity, China has demonstrated substantial local diversity and complex interactions between local, national and global media, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese media, politics and policy, and international communications.

Alzheimer s Disease Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia

  • Filename: alzheimer-s-disease-media-representations-and-the-politics-of-euthanasia.
  • ISBN: 9781472401113
  • Release Date: 2013-05-28
  • Number of pages: 246
  • Author: Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



Drawing on extensive data including news media reports and commentaries, documentaries, courts and court reports, films, websites, professional literature and government and non-government agencies, this book explores the 'Alzheimerisation' of the euthanasia debate, examining the shift in recent years in public attitudes towards the desirability and moral permissibility of euthanasia as an end-of-life 'solution' for people living with the disease - not just at its end stage, but also at earlier stages. With attention to media representations and public understandings of Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia sheds light on the processes contributing to these changes in public opinion, investigating the drivers of vexed political debate surrounding the issue and examining the manner in which both sides of the euthanasia debate mobilise support, portray their opponents and make use of media technologies to frame the terms of discourse. Paving the way for a greater level of intellectual honesty with regard to an issue carrying significant policy implications, this book will be of interest to scholars of media and communication, social movements and political communication, and the sociology of health and medicine, as well as researchers and professionals in the fields of palliative and end of life care.

Moral Panic and the Politics of Anxiety

  • Filename: moral-panic-and-the-politics-of-anxiety.
  • ISBN: 9780415555562
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 247
  • Author: Sean Patrick Hier
  • Publisher: Routledge



Moral Panic and the Politics of Anxiety is a collection of original essays written by some of the worldâe(tm)s leading social scientists. It seeks to provide unique insight into the importance of moral panic as a routine feature of everyday life, whilst also developing an integrated framework for moral panic research by widening the scope of scholarship in the area. Many of the key twenty-first century contributions to moral panic theory have moved beyond the parameters of the sociology of deviance to consider the importance of moral panic for identity formation, national security, industrial risk, and character formation. Reflecting this growth, the book brings together recognized moral panic researchers with prominent scholars in moral regulation, social problems, cultural fear, and health risks, allowing for a more careful and critical discussion around the cultural and political significance of moral panic to emerge. This book will prove valuable reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students on courses such as politics and the media, regulatory policy, the body and identity, theory and political sociology, and sociology of culture.

Policies Pipes and Publics

  • Filename: policies-pipes-and-publics.
  • ISBN: OCLC:897742172
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 844
  • Author:
  • Publisher:



This dissertation is a critical cultural history of net neutrality (the standard that all users and uses of the internet should receive equal treatment from network operators) as a media policy discourse in the United States from 2003-2013. It considers net neutrality a keyword with implications for shaping emergent media policy and infrastructure and, therefore, participation in 21st century communications and culture. It analyzes the interacting dynamics of policy discourse, communications infrastructure, and the public sphere through a case study of the first US regulations based on net neutrality: the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order of 2010. Through discursive analysis of the Open Internet regulations and the debates surrounding them, this dissertation explores the politics of media policy and the ways in which they afford and delimit what people are able to do with emergent media technologies. This work contributes to cultural theories of communications policy by shedding light on how discourse legitimizes and constructs media regulations, systems, and practices. It forwards a conceptual framework that accounts for the political economic structures, technological infrastructures, and cultural practices that constitute media when they are new, with particular focus on the role of policy in enabling and constraining the possibilities of emergent media. The history traced here shows a struggle between public values and private interests in the political choices of media regulation, the power of policy to define the legal, industrial, and technical structures of emergent media systems, and the related social and cultural implications. The research here shows how net neutrality eroded in practice, leading to failed attempts to put the principle into policy. The phone and cable companies that own and operate the physical infrastructure used to access the internet worked to leverage their bottleneck position as the last mile of the network into gatekeeper control of what the network may be used to do, threatening to squeeze out the circulation of culture and communication from everyday users. The Open Internet policy enacted in response, though, fell short of net neutrality, this dissertation argues, as a result of imbalanced discursive power relations in the policy sphere.

Making Sense of Media and Politics

  • Filename: making-sense-of-media-and-politics.
  • ISBN: 9781136887680
  • Release Date: 2014-04-04
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Gadi Wolfsfeld
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis



Politics is above all a contest, and the news media is the central arena for viewing that competition. In Making Sense of Media and Politics, Gadi Wolfsfeld introduces readers to the most important concepts that serve as a framework for examining the interrelationship of media and politics.

Media and Politics in Japan

  • Filename: media-and-politics-in-japan.
  • ISBN: 0824817613
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 389
  • Author: Susan J. Pharr
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press



This is an authoritative and ground-breaking assessment of an important but little-studied facet of Japanese politics.

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