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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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Rethinking Media Pluralism
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Kari Karppinen

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245123.003.0009

This book analyzes the controversies and uncertainties surrounding the concept of media pluralism in two ways. First, by deconstructing the concept from the perspective of democratic theory; and second, by examining its different uses, definitions, and fundamental rationalities in current media policy debates. The book argues for a more critical understanding of media pluralism not only in terms of variety and choice, but as a normative value that refers to the public distribution of communicative power. The ambiguity of media pluralism as a descriptive and evaluative concept is only heightened by recent technological developments and the increase of new media forms. Nevertheless, media pluralism remains a vital concept in both critical media studies and contemporary media policy.

Keywords:   media pluralism, democratic theory, new media, critical media studies, contemporary media policy, communicative power

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