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Rethinking Media Pluralism$
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Kari Karppinen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245123

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245123.001.0001

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Pluralization and Its Problems

Pluralization and Its Problems

(p.47) Chapter 2 Pluralization and Its Problems
Rethinking Media Pluralism

Kari Karppinen

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the so-called “pathologies of pluralism” and their implications for thinking about the role of media. Radical democratic pluralism is more about social and power relations than about defining or defending diversity. This implies that pluralism is not only to be treated as a fact, but that its differences must also be established by political means. In the context of the media, this means that pluralism does not simply refer to the proliferation of channels. Instead, according to the radical pluralist perspective, it concerns the need to examine the changing relations of power both within the media and between the media institutions and other social forces.

Keywords:   pathologies of pluralism, radical democratic pluralism, role of media, radical pluralists, media institutions, social forces

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