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Media policy in the 21st century: from national interest to cultural stewardship

Michael Curtin


This essay provides a framework for understanding the twenty-first century dynamics of the global media economy. It has four central objectives: (1) explain the fundamental shift in media regulation engendered by neo-liberal globalization; (2) describe the operations of transnational commercial media enterprises and show how their practices and protocols have affected media institutions at the local, national, and regional levels; (3) identify issues that have risen to the forefront of media policy deliberations with respect to cultural expression and creative labor; and (4) elaborate an alternative policy perspective based on the principle of stewardship.


Media policies, media regulation, stewardship

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v9i1p13-28

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