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US Represents Cautionary Tale about Media System Dominated by Market Values


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US Represents Cautionary Tale about Media System Dominated by Market Values

Victor Pickard

Taken as a whole, the American media system is atypical. It is a largely commercial system that is offset by weak public alternatives, it’s lightly regulated by public interest protections, and in many sectors it’s dominated by a few corporations. Other countries’ media systems may face one or two of these structural problems, but rarely all three.


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". . .we cannot advance this project without first dismantling corporate libertarianism." Instead of ending with this sentence and idea, perhaps the good professor might have discussed the expected impacts of TPP/TTIP, TISA, et al. Right now, any serious suggestions, as to what needs to be done to enhance democratic institutions, must consider all these so-called trade agreements and make it clear that enactment would put an end to effective democratic control in all areas. I would prefer he had concluded with a strong exhortation to the public to double-down on their efforts to defeat these onerous agreements.