Edwin Baker is the nationn's most insightful media scholar, and Media Concentraion and Democracy is a feast of important ideas. This article is an extended critical review of a set of essays arguing for the deregulation of U. The main argument of the book is essentially and explicitly normative. The final chapter evaluates the constitutionality and desirability of various policy responses to concentration, including strict limits on media mergers. Briefly put, the thesis Baker defends in this book is that the recent concentration of media ownership and thus of economic power in ever fewer corporations is inimical to—and if not checked will eventually destroy—the proper role of a free press in a democracy. Edwin Baker is the Nicholas F.
This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to question the deregulatory, hyper-commercialism ideology that has dominated media policy in the United States for the past couple of decades or who wishes to participate in the ongoing debate over media ownership. His commitment to a strong free press and a vibrant democracy guided all of his work. He also authored over 70 articles and book chapters, as well as numerous op-ed pieces, including two in the New York Times. Final Report on the Canadian News Media By Lise Bacon, Chair. This is not just the best book on media concentration. Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters is his finest book to date and is certain to become a classic text.
On the other hand, although the Senate report talks about sources as well as viewpoints, the report regards the two terms as interchangeable: no systematic distinction is made between them. Baker, however, focuses tightly on the fact that media concentration will bring unequal democratic power to the large corporations that own many of the media outlets. Only when diverse viewpoints also come from diverse media sources and communicative power is maximally dispersed is the public interest represented in the media in the truly democratic sense. The Canadian Senate commissioned and released in 2006 a far-reaching report expressing grave concerns about concentration of media ownership in Canada. This book has been translated into Chinese and a number of other languages. The Senate is really only concerned about a loss of viewpoints.
A public Memorial Service honoring the life of C. Media Concentration and Democracy is a challenging book. He was a fellow at Harvard three times, most recently at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Gallicchio Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has been on the faculty at Penn since 1981. He was a law and humanities fellow at in 1974, a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Barone Center in 1992, and a Radcliffe fellow there in 2006. Much of the argument of this earlier book rested on a sophisticated analysis of the actual economics of the mass media industry.
It would be true, if it is and we think it is , even if no such interferences ever occurred, just as it would be true that downhill skiing is apt to be dangerous since it involves travelling over slippery surfaces at high speeds at the limits of control over movement , even if no one had ever been injured while downhill skiing. He received his bachelor's degree from and his law degree from. Gallicchio Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has been on the faculty at Penn since 1981. He joined Penn Law in 1981, and since 2007, held a joint appointment at the at Penn. However, this special role has important implications. Although both argue that media concentration is a potential threat to democracy, the focus of the two discussions is importantly different. Ed Baker is survived by his sister, Nancy L.
The book illustrates most forcefully the clash between rival philosophical visions of the Good Society. Advertising and a democratic Press. He was predeceased by his parents, Falcon O. Edwin Baker is one of the foremost contemporary theorists of freedom of expression or speech. He has written more than fifty academic articles about free speech, equality, property, law and economics, jurisprudence, and the mass media, in addition to occasional popular commentary.
Professor Baker, age 62, died unexpectedly on December 8, 2009. Ed was predeceased by his parents, Falcon O. The three central values for the promotion of democracy, however, are non-commodified values—an egalitarian distribution of communicative power, content more beneficial to the community as a whole, and a reduction of the risk of abuse of communicative power. The nature of the process presupposes a constraining weight to public opinion that is simply irrelevant to academic theorizing. But his analysis resonates with the exposure by Foucault and others of the threat to fundamental values posed by concentrations of power.
Increased concentration leads inevitably to a public loss of democratic power. The writers act as though non-market-based theories of distributive justice do not exist. Legal theory for the purposes of this essay is the theory of mundane law—that is, our law. The essays are by mostly lawyers and economists, not philosophers. Edwin Baker Subject: Mass media Subject: Mass media--Ownership--United States Subject: Freedom of the press -- United States. Baker, for his part, de-emphasizes the importance of viewpoints.