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Dear Colleagues, 

Apologies for this!

It was meant for Des's eyes only, nevertheless I stand by my...comments!
Best to all
Katharine
 

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From: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) - Policy Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Katharine Sarikakis
Sent: 30 April 2008 12:13
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Subject: Re: The Politics of Media Policy' AVAILABLE NOW

Bought it!!!1
Read it! 
Great stuff! 

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From: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) - Policy Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Des Freedman
Sent: 30 April 2008 11:26
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Subject: The Politics of Media Policy' AVAILABLE NOW

Dear all,

now that the lists exists, please forgive me for using it for shameless self-publicity. Inspection copies etc at http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745628417.

Below is Polity's blurb:
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Dear Colleague,

Polity is delighted to announce the publication of 'The Politics of Media Policy' by Des Freedman.

This new work provides a critical perspective on the dynamics of media policy in the US and UK and offers a comprehensive guide to some of the major points of debate in the media today. While many policymakers boast of the openness and pluralism of their media systems, this book exposes the commitment to market principles that saturates the media policy environment and distorts the development and application of democratic media policies.

Based on interviews with dozens of politicians, regulators, special advisers, lobbyists and campaigners, The Politics of Media Policy considers how governments, civil servants and media corporations have shaped the drawing up of rules concerning a range of issues including:
* Media ownership
* Media content
* Public broadcasting
* Digital television
* Copyright
* Trade agreements affecting the media industries

Reviews

'Des Freedman has written a wonderful, original and indispensable introduction to the exploding world of media policy making. It deserves the attention of students, scholars and citizens everywhere.'
Robert W. McChesney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

'Well-written,comprehensive and passionate, this will be a key book on media policy.'
David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds

'For many years, the study of media policy has lacked the thick description of personal observation. Previous work has either been caught in the detail of the law, or been distanced by the abstraction of academic theory. Now we have a book that brings all these important discourses together, thanks to Des Freedman's fresh, interdisciplinary approach.'
Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside



Table of Contents
* Contents
* Chapter One: Introducing Media Policy
* Chapter Two: Pluralism, Neo-liberalism and Media Policy
* Chapter Three: The Re-interpretation of Media Policy Principles
* Chapter Four: Dynamics of the Media Policy-making Process
* Chapter Five: Media Ownership Policies
* Chapter Six: Media Content Policies
* Chapter Seven: The Disciplining of Public Broadcasting
* Chapter Eight: The Politics of Digital
* Chapter Nine: Britain and America in the World
* Chapter Ten: Conclusion
* References

Cambridge: Polity ISBN 978-0-7456-2842-4 March 2008 16.99


Des Freedman
Department of Media and Communications
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW

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