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Networked Press FreedomCreating Infrastructures for a Public Right to Hear$
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Mike Ananny

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037747

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037747.001.0001

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How Has the Press Historically Made Its Freedom?

How Has the Press Historically Made Its Freedom?

(p.45) 3 How Has the Press Historically Made Its Freedom?
Networked Press Freedom

Mike Ananny

The MIT Press

This chapter argues that the press has never been a single, stable entity but instead has been an ever-changing product of a field of dynamic forces. The press is not a solitary entity that has freedom from anything but is an ongoing product of separations and dependencies. Press freedom is better thought of as a network state whose legitimacy depends on its normative conceptions of publics. Instead of asking whether a static model of the press deserves its freedom from an unknown set of influences to pursue a right to speak, this question should be flipped on its head: what subset of relationships making up the press creates a public we want to defend normatively, and how can we redefine press freedom as the separations and dependencies that make those relationships and those publics possible?

Keywords:   press freedom, institutional press, autonomy, network state, publics, normative conception

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