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Liberalizing the European MediaPolitics, Regulation, and the Public Sphere$
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Shalini Venturelli

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198233794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198233794.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Liberalizing the European Media

Shalini Venturelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to provide a contemporary and clear-cut definition of information society. It raises an important point that information society is not just about the processes of technological progress. This chapter states that information society depends largely on societies' and states' social, economic, cultural and other political decisions. Several issues, concerns, and dilemmas are also raised in this chapter with regards to information liberalization. It also raises a number of supranational and global benefits and advantages that come along with liberalizing the information society. This chapter also points out the connection between modern democracy and the growing landscape of information society and attempts to analyse the effects of information liberalization in the democratic political layout of a nation or society. It points out that it is important to compare the status of the fundamental rights of the people to access information and the competition in the constitution of the information society.

Keywords:   information liberalization, information society, democracy, rights

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