Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy: A Comparative Study

James Curran, Shanto Iyengar, Anker Brink Lund, Inka Salovaara-Moring

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    This article addresses the implications of the movement towards entertainment-centred, market-driven media by comparing what is reported and what the public knows in four countries with different media systems. The different systems are public service (Denmark and Finland), a `dual' model (UK) and the market model (US). The comparison shows that public service television devotes more attention to public affairs and international news, and fosters greater knowledge in these areas, than the market model. Public service television also gives greater prominence to news, encourages higher levels of news consumption and contributes to a smaller within-nation knowledge gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged. But wider processes in society take precedence over the organization of the media in determining how much people know about public life
    TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Communication
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)5-26
    Antal sider22
    StatusUdgivet - 2009

    Bibliografisk note

    Findes desuden i China Media Report (ISSN: 1682-3362) 2010, No.3, På kinesisk.