Media, Profit, and Politics: Competing Priorities in an Open Society

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Joe Harper, Thom Yantek
Kent State University Press, 2003 - Political Science - 298 pages
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A compilation of essays and commentary delivered at the second annual Kent State University Symposium on Democracy, this work recognizes and considers the differences that arise when the competitive forces of commerce clash with the demand for the open availability of information in a democratic society. The conflicting roles of advocate-initiator and objective reporter for journalists who cover community politics; the role of the news media in forming public attitudes toward things political and their role in affecting voter nonparticipation; the role of financial considerations in the news media's attempt to provide citizens with needed news and perspective on political affairs; and particularly the role of the conglomeration of ownership of news media organizations are a few of the topics discussed in this volume.
 

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Contents

Is
11
Recovering Journalism as a Democratic
18
A Public Philosophy for Public Journalism
33
Why the Philosophy
53
What Accounts for Declining Political Participation?
69
A Proposed Research Agenda
77
Politics
91
How Markets Are Changing News
122
Media Profit and Politics in Canada
158
Is Whats Good for General Motors Good for the First Amendment?
174
Can WeWill WeShould
197
Can New Information Technologies Promote Democratic Deliberation?
215
Waiting for CyberDemocracy Is Like Waiting for Godot
232
Audience Segmentation
249
Selected Bibliography
265
Contributors
281

Are Media
133
Political Discourse Remains Vigorous Despite Media Ownership
140

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