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Chapter 4: Community, Democracy, Dialogue, and Radical Media
- Radical media are quite often referred to as community media and as democratic alternatives to media monopolies. However, both community and democracy are potentially fuzzy words, a mere heartbeat behind motherhood, typically signifying a “generally good thing.” They urgently need anchoring by definition and critique to make them in any way useful.
- Some significant recent writers on democracy are reviewed to underscore the frequent failure to connect media to strong definitions of democracy. C. B. Macpherson's work is noted because his definition of developmental, counterhegemonic power helps ground radical media in a unifying concept.
- The discussion of conversation as the leitmotif of democratic process is resumed, reaching more closely into the everyday role of media in ...