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Stefaan G. Verhulst

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

Chapter 25: About Scarcities and Intermediaries: The Regulatory Paradigm Shift of Digital Content Reviewed

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About Scarcities and Intermediaries: The Regulatory Paradigm Shift of Digital Content Reviewed
About scarcities and intermediaries: The regulatory paradigm shift of digital content reviewed
Stefaan G. Verhulst

Much discussion about the digitalization of content and the consequent convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications and IT suggests that digitalization challenges existing communications regulation (Gillett and Vogelsang, 1999; Verhulst and Marsden, 1999; Verhulst et al., 1999). Familiar and traditional regulatory models are suddenly questioned and brought into conflict (Hitchens, 1997). This chapter starts from the assumption that the search for appropriate regulatory and policy responses necessary as a result of the policy vacuum created by new technologies is leading to a ‘paradigm shift’, in Thomas Kuhn's traditional sense of the word.1 Kuhn describes the uncertainty and chaotic process of changing ...

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