The Normative Grounds of Information Policy

Shalini Venturelli

in Liberalizing the European Media

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198233794
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191678998 | DOI:
The Normative Grounds of Information Policy

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This chapter highlights the historical need for evaluating public policies on information society with regards to their potential to make democracy's primordial concept to come into play: the public's right and freedom to participate in the public dialogue and to have access to the information society. This chapter discusses that a democratic civil society requires a political space for citizens and proposes a way of knowing how such civil society is accounted for in the age of information. The discussions in this chapter stress that a democratic society's structure would need to be accountable to the principle of publicity. It includes discussions of observations and propositions made by Weber, Habernas, and Marx and points out that the claims of liberalism are hardly realised and achieved. It suggests that the institutionalization of man's basic democratic rights such as universal voting, formal democracy, freedom of the press, opinion, assembly, and majority rules is increasingly biased.

Keywords: information society; democratic society; publicity; liberalism; democratic rights

Chapter.  11394 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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