Advocacy Coalitions and Democratizing Media Reforms in Latin by Christof Mauersberger

By Christof Mauersberger

This ebook examines democratizing media reforms in Latin the USA. the writer explains why a few international locations have lately handed such reforms within the broadcasting area, whereas others haven't. by way of delivering a civil society point of view, the writer strikes past traditional debts that understand media reforms essentially as a kind of presidency repression to punish oppositional media. in its place, he highlights the pioneering position of civil society coalitions, that have controlled to revitalize the controversy on communique rights and translated them into particular regulatory results equivalent to the advertising of neighborhood radio stations. The e-book offers an in-depth, comparative research of media reform debates in Argentina and Brazil (analyzing Chile and Uruguay as complementary cases), supported via unique qualitative examine. As such, it advances our knowing of the way transferring energy family and social forces are affecting policymaking in Latin the USA and beyond.

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Before turning to the historical evolution of the issue in the region, however, I will shortly address a central caveat that questions the relevance of broadcasting (regulation) when the internet allegedly provides a genuinely democratic and pluralistic platform. 3 Broadcasting Regulation: Obsolete in the Age of Internet and Digital Convergence? I am not fascinated by any specific type of media (radio, internet, . ), but by its purpose. For the middle class and above, access to an own radio station is a question of freedom.

Habermas 1992: 437) In his early years, Habermas was very pessimistic about this “infiltration” of power in the public sphere. Later, however, he called his analysis of a “unilinear development from a politically active public to . . a culture-consuming public” too simplistic (Habermas 1992: 438; Landes 1998: 137). He acknowledged the potential for resistance in a “pluralistic, internally much differentiated mass public” (Habermas 1992: 438), just as other authors refer to “ambivalent publics” that include commercialized mass media but also the emergence of multiple critical counterpublics (Cohen and Arato 1992: 460f; Costa 2004: 17).

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