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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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Aspects and Scope of Media Pluralism

Aspects and Scope of Media Pluralism

(p.85) Chapter 4 Aspects and Scope of Media Pluralism
Rethinking Media Pluralism

Kari Karppinen

Fordham University Press

This chapter deals with some of the main lines of argument in the contemporary debates concerning pluralism and diversity. It begins by distinguishing between media pluralism and media diversity, the former being more commonly used in European debates and the latter in American debates. Pluralism is often discussed as a highly abstract value, but never really properly defined. The most established framework for an operational definition of media pluralism is based on a dichotomy between media structures and content. The chapter also talks about the main problems involved in media pluralism. These include arguments regarding the assumed relationships between its components, and debates that have been wrongly assigned as disputes over the extent of media system regulation.

Keywords:   media pluralism, media diversity, media structures, media content, media system regulation

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