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Comments to Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock: Why the Political Economy of the Media is at the Root of the European Democratic Deficit. Stig Hjarvard Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen. Commodification of citizens.

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Comments to Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock: Why the Political Economy of the Media is at the Root of the European Democratic Deficit

Stig Hjarvard

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen


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Commodification of citizens

  • De-commodification of political communication as political strategy

  • Democratic surplus when political communication was under political regulation during 1970s and early 1980s?

  • The lowest common denominator? Why not the highest?

  • Albert Otto Hirschman: Exit versus voice – market versus politics - as regulatory instruments / feedback mechanisms?

  • Graham Murdock: public service and its conceptualization of the audience: citizens, consumers, workers? – Communards?


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A pan-European political public sphere

  • The positive experience of Europa TV – an early example of a communicative space for the European Res Publica

  • ”The pathological condition of EU citizens’ ignorance is produced by the absence of ad hoc pan-European channels” (p. 22)

  • Does a European political public sphere necessarily have to be constituted by media operating at a European level? – a projection of the national model to the European level

  • The experience of Euronews, BBC World, Sky News etc. – supplements to a predominantly national news consumption

  • Maybe a European public sphere may be constituted by a network of loosely interconnected media addressing audiences at different geographical levels and through various serious, popular, specialist (news) media


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The role of media in the transformation of the public sphere

Stig Hjarvard: ”News in a Globalized Society”


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Centrifugal

Homogenisering

Differentiering

Centripetal


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Centrifugal

Globalization

Al-Jazeera

Da Vinci Code

Individualization

Blogging

On-line gaming

Homogenisering

Differentiering

Nationalization

Royal wedding

Canon of culture

Localization

Lokal media: radio, newspapers

Centripetal


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Depoliticization? ! ?

  • Depoliticization may certainly be fostered by the reluctance to built political communication channels

  • However, lack of legitimacy of EU institutions may have many other sources than the absence of European political media providing political information services – perhaps a right-wing repoliticization of the nation vis-a-vis a social responsible Europe is a much more important political force?


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Comments to Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock: Why the Political Economy of the Media is at the Root of the European Democratic Deficit

Stig Hjarvard

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen


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