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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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Paradoxes of Communicative Abundance

Paradoxes of Communicative Abundance

(p.103) Chapter 5 Paradoxes of Communicative Abundance
Rethinking Media Pluralism

Kari Karppinen

Fordham University Press

This chapter surveys the different arguments about the effects of technological change and their implications for a meaningful notion of media pluralism. Media pluralism as a critical concept must recognize questions about the role of the media with respect to the distribution of power and influence in society. Communicative abundance does not lessen the fact that some actors and groups have more communicative power and cultural resources to get their voices heard than others. In addition, technological changes have not influenced the fact that sources are in constant competition with one another for the privilege of providing authoritative information. Public spheres will continue to be described by structural inequalities in the distribution of communicative power.

Keywords:   technological changes, media pluralism, communicative abundance, communicative power, authoritative information

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