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Sociology of Mass Communication: "Theses on Media Deregulation"
Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
On Filters and Lenses: A Reaction Paper McChesney, Robert W. 2003. “Theses on Media Deregulation.” Media, Culture & Society. 25, 1. 125-133. Course number and title Instructor’s name Your name Student number On Filters and Lenses: A Reaction Paper Robert W…
The author’s concern for the public’s right is obvious; yet, it is indeed evident that McChesney’s perspective on the issue appears to be on the more ideal side of the spectrum and rather living in the traditional part of the history. According to McChesney, any form of market regulation is highly-dependent on government laws and policies. He also mentioned furthermore that public policy is established first before the construction of media system and this is what he calls regulation. On the other hand, he argues that the deregulation is an unacknowledged regulation done by the government on behalf of powerful self-interested private parties. This, according to him, lessens the democratic public’s involvement in policy making. This argument further leads into his certain bias on the ideal ways of how things work. It implies the author’s belief in maintaining the government’s main purpose, that is, to serve the majority of the public and not the private sector. More so, “the problem lies less with evil owners than with the failure of democratic policy-making”. ...
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