Media Policy Silences: The Hidden Face of Communications Decision Making

Freedman, Des (D. J.). 2010. Media Policy Silences: The Hidden Face of Communications Decision Making. International Journal of Press/Politics, 15(3), pp. 344-361. ISSN 1940-1612 [Article]

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The analysis of media policy usually, and understandably, focuses on visible instances of policy action: of government intervention, regulatory activity, civil society engagement, and corporate initiatives. Less frequently considered is the process by which certain issues, frames, and proposals are neglected inside decision-making structures. This article reflects on the relationship between “industrial activism” and policy silences in relation to government desire to secure a digital communications infrastructure for the twenty-first century. It argues that policy analysts need to look beyond immediate and visible instances of decision making in the media field and examine the ideological processes of exclusion and marginalization that distort media policy making and undermine the emergence of alternative paradigms and policy outcomes.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Research Office > REF2014
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre


August 2010Published

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23 Sep 2010 12:46

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27 Feb 2019 12:10

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