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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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Toward a Critical Concept of Media Pluralism

Toward a Critical Concept of Media Pluralism

(p.59) Chapter 3 Toward a Critical Concept of Media Pluralism
Rethinking Media Pluralism

Kari Karppinen

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a theory of media pluralism that draws on the radical pluralist rationale of dislocation and deconstruction, rather than constructing new general principles. Media pluralism must be understood in terms of power relations among different social actors, and not in terms of diversity or variety. The chapter distinguishes a critical concept of media pluralism that is different from postmodern politics that emphasizes heterogeneity to the point of valuing all differences. It basically aims to reconstruct the notion of media pluralism from a celebration of diversity for the critical purpose of identifying forms of power imbalances in the contemporary media environment.

Keywords:   media pluralism, dislocation, deconstruction, postmodern politics, heterogeneity, contemporary media

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