Media History and Social Regulation Mod 2 Unit 11

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Module 2 discusses key features and developments in media history, focusing on the histories of print and audio-visual media. The module examines issues in the debates that govern scholarly, ethical and political thinking about the actual or desired relationship of media to public life and considers the relative significance and benefits of private, public and mixed-ownership media. This unit discusses `media' regulation and the public means of mass communication, especially the press, radio and television, but also including film and recorded music as well as a number of newer means of distribution by way of cable, satellite, discs, tapes, etc. Of increasing importance is the internet, which can now be regarded as a `mass medium' in its own right on the grounds of its gradual diffusion to majorities in many countries and its use for a number of public communication functions in the sphere of both entertainment and information.

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