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To what extent does the internet represent a more democratic medium of information?
Journalism & Communication
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Name: Tutor: Course: Date: University: Introduction Democratic media details a concept of structuring media along democratic lines rather than purely commercial and/or ideological lines. In alignment with the concept of democracy itself, democratic media pursues transparency, inclusiveness, one-individual-one-vote, plus other key concepts of democracy as principles of operation.
The concept of democratic media is also in contrast to state-run operations in which the media embodies the value system of the state itself. As such, democratic media can be highlighted by its structure and roles. With regard to structure, democratic media is essentially organized and overseen by ordinary citizens or their grassroots organizations; in terms of functions, democratic media, as a matter of priority, pursue serving the informational, cultural, and other communication needs of members of the public from which the media constitute or represent (Gaur 2006, p.6). Majority of the world media, today, can be regarded as embroiled in a hyper-commercialized agitation. In most countries, fewer than ten transnational media conglomerates control much of the media with almost every aspect of media culture under commercial exploitation right from sports, education, and arts. For some, this trend of concentration of media power and the resultant commercialization of public discourse spells a disaster. ...
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