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Subject/Keyword
democracy
regulation
media
public sphere
news
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Ostrem, Jacqueline Grace
Supervisor and department
Ipperciel, Donald (Faculté Saint-Jean/Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Wilson, Rob (Philosophy)
Nye, Howard (Philosophy)
Boily, Frédéric (Faculté Saint-Jean)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-10-04T18:30:06Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
While many scholars have argued that media deregulation has a deleterious effect on democracy, all have done so in a way that assumes the truth of a particular normative theory of democracy. This thesis instead describes the minimal requirements for a democratic public sphere and compares deregulated media to that standard, using the United States as a case study. The conclusions explore the causal relationship between deregulation and those results by delving into the economic forces at work within the media market. Popular contemporary objections are considered, including the potential contribution of the Internet.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3GT5C
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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