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Laura Stein & Nikhil Sinha

In: Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

Chapter 24: New Global Media and Communication Policy: The Role of the State in the Twenty-First Century

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New Global Media and Communication Policy: The Role of the State in the Twenty-First Century
New global media and communication policy: The role of the state in the twenty-first century
Laura SteinNikhil Sinha

Global information and communication technologies (ICTs) could precipitate extraordinary political, cultural and economic transformations over the twenty-first century. Carey (1998: 28) predicts that global communication systems such as the Internet will alter physical and symbolic environments worldwide just as the telegraph, telephones and railroads altered national and international landscapes throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While most scholars agree that global media can effect change on a global scale, they differ sharply over the nature of these changes. Will these new media facilitate freedom of expression and access to knowledge and information, ...

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