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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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(p.183) 6 Conclusion
Networked Press Freedom

Mike Ananny

The MIT Press

This chapter presents the author's reflections on how the model of networked press autonomy discussed in the previous chapters might be used by journalists, technologists, regulators, designers, educators, and audiences. The networked press is infrastructure that touches on nearly all aspects of society, so any reforms that are made to the press will require engaging with a wide range of actors and various types of power. It is argued that democratic autonomy and self-governance mean more than individuals being free from unreasonable constraints. To realize ourselves more fully, we need not only the right to access information, share opinions, and choose associations. We also need to see ourselves as publics—and question whether our publics have capacities to hear people and ideas that we would not choose to encounter.

Keywords:   press freedom, networked press, journalism, democratic autonomy, self-governance, publics

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