In modern states, the smooth functioning of democratic politics is inextricably tied to the role of the media in the creation and dissemination of information, images, and ideas. Utilizing a number of different contexts, this book explores the ways in which crises serve to highlight the problematic issues of media performance in democratic states.
The book examines the reform of the communications sector in South Africa as a detailed and extended case study in the transition from apartheid to democracy.
The communication rights discourse represents a counter-hegemonic reaction against the commodification of information and communicational tools. It pleads for a participatory and citizen-oriented approach to information and communication, embedded in an open and transparent democratic culture.
Modern democracy has emphasized the institutional and legal processes which protect the rights of individual citizens through homogenizing structures and processes. Contemporary cultural politics attempts to reach beyond structuralist democracy which inevitably overrides the freedom of the individual.
This report (2007) examines the academic literature focused on public interest media and communications activism and advocacy within the U.S. and abroad.
Affordable, fast and easy access to the internet can help create more egalitarian societies. The APC Internet Charter in English, French and Spanish.
Examining the myths around which the Zapatista movement is organized reveals how people go about creating network identities and helps us assess to what extent they are new and to what extent traditional roles and relationships are being played out in a new environment.
The first UNESCO World Report emphasizes the need to renew an ethic for the guidance of emerging knowledge societies, an ethic of freedom and of responsibility. An ethic that will rest upon the sharing of knowledge.
The ownership of the media and issues related to the governance of global media institutions are of immense public significance. Not only are the cultural industries a major source of contemporary power - economic, political, social - they are also the primary definers of consciousness in most parts of the contemporary world.