Jan 02 2015

America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform

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Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected to unveil his decision on the crucial issue of “net neutrality,” within the next few weeks. The decision is fraught with controversy after Wheeler proposed a two tier system last year that would create an unequal playing field on the internet, provoking outrage from consumers and corporations.

Today’s media is dominated by online consumption. We turn to the internet for our print news, to watch talk shows, to enjoy television and film, post photos, tweet our opinions, and, in general, communicate with one another. But our online media landscape, like traditional media, is increasingly dominated by large corporate entities that have often banked on notions of internet freedom in order to be free to profit.

How did things get the way they are today? It turns out we have to dig quite deep within our history – all the way to the 1940s, to determine political decisions and turning points that led to our present day system, and to make the case that it is not a natural or pre-determined outcome.

GUEST: Victor Pickard, assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of ‘America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform.’

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