The New Media and the New State
Chapter One introduces the critically important relationship between the media and the state, which is founded on the state’s interests in limiting the perceived harmful effects of media publication while fostering the potential benefits of public access to information and ideas. This Chapter looks at the transition from the close regulation of broadcast media content to the lighter regulation of the new internet era. It explains key technical and policy aspects of this transition, notably including the merger of mass and personal communication and the erosion of distinctions between domestic and foreign media. Chapter One goes on to examine internet based and other new media services from three aspects: as sources of greater liberty and equality, as sources of harm and inequality, and as vehicles for state and commercial control and surveillance.
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