Will honest media really save the public sphere?

In Digital Media and Democracy Meghan Boler brings to light her concerns about the constant struggle for legitimate, honest media. She is worried, together with numerous other media professionals, that media ownership dictates the content of the news, and as a result we get news that are highly biased and profit-motivated. The book is made up from various interviews with journalists and newsmakers, most of whom share pessimistic views about the recent hype of media democratization. The book seems to be of the mind-view that honest media will save the world by positively affecting the public sphere. Megan Boler finds some solace in contemporary satire and comedy shows like the Daily Show with John Stewarts that are some of the few media outlets that can actually shed true light on current events.

However, in my mind, miss Boler presents only one side of the coin…


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