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Media Ownership and Power

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Justin Schlosberg (Birkbeck, University of London) explores the relationship between media ownership and power. In the first module, Dr Schlosberg explores why media ownership matters, offering some historical context for the relationship between media and power in the UK, before moving on in the second module to discuss two alternative perspectives on media power: the liberal-pluralist perspective, which sees media power optimistically as tending towards diffusion, and the radical-critical perspective, which sees media power more pessimistically as tending towards concentration. This module also explores Curran and Seaton’s arguments concerning media power. In the third module, we explore the concepts of gatekeeping and agenda setting, before in the fourth and final module turning to the nature of media power in a digital age, with some comments on online and social media, algorithms, and search engines.

About the Lecturer

Dr Justin Schlosberg is Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck, University of London. His work is concerned with questions of media ownership, ethics and justice in a post digital, post consensus world. He recently co-authored ‘The Media Manifesto’ (2020) and has researched digital agenda-setting and media political economy.