[Air-l] Re: Technology & Tolerance

Walker, Steve [IES] S.Walker at lmu.ac.uk
Fri Dec 6 02:45:51 PST 2002


There was an intersting paper presented at the Euricom 'Political Economy of Convergence' colloquium in London in 1999 which looked at where prominent sites (mostly search engines, from memory) obtained their news tracing them back to feeds from the major news agencies. Unfortunately I don't have the reference, but perhaps someone on the list might have it.


>From: "Gina Neff" <ginasue at panix.com>
>To: <air-l at aoir.org>
>Subject: Re: [Air-l] Technology & Tolerance
>Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 10:01:21 -0500
>Reply-To: air-l at aoir.org

>On a related note, the role of the Internet on the political orientation
>of news is being hotly debated among U.S. conservatives and liberals. In
>part because the Federal Communications Commission is gearing up to >loosen ownership restrictions on mass media outlets, right and left have >been debating whether mass media still need to be as tigthly regulated >with the advent of the Internet. What's interesting to see in this >debate is the way the Internet is thought of as increasing access to the >political ideas of those making the argument. Yesterday's New York Times >ran an article that made an liberal McChesney-ite argument by saying <that the Internet challenges corporate media domination. This weekend >Edward Lynch made a similar argument from the right by saying that the >Internet challenges liberal domination of the media. IMHO, what's being >left out of this debate is the variable of who owns Internet news >outlets, the probibitive expense of constantly updated news, and the >effects of the Internet crash on news online.

>links to both below...


>Gina Neff
>Department of Sociology
>Columbia University

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