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Competing Ideas Challenge The Media Sector
Michael Hedges November 13, 2017 - Follow on Twitter
Advocates of democratic values view as essential a free flow of information. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press are often enshrined in constitutions and similar documents presented and accepted by citizens. Media providers in democracies are, then, tasked with keeping people informed, typically through privately-owned and publicly-supported publishers and broadcasters, all legally established. Ideas are allowed to compete, officially. It was always a good plan. Too bad it is falling apart. The simultaneous rise of illiberal authoritarians, freely accessible digital platforms and acrimonious entitlement has turned the sound of democracy into painful noise.
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