Media Ownership and Agenda Control offers a detailed examination of media ownership amidst the complexities of the information age, from the resurgence of press barons to the new influence wielded by internet giants. Much of the discussion pivots around recent revelations and controversies in the media industry, such as the findings published in 2012 from the Leveson Inquiry, the US Federal Communications Commission’s ruling on net neutrality in 2015, Edward Snowden’s decision to leak National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 and the legal battles over ancillary copyrights waged in Germany and elsewhere. Justin Schlosberg traces the obscure and often unnoticed ways in which agendas continue to be shaped by a small number of individual and institutional megaphones, despite the rise of grassroots and participatory platforms, and despite ubiquitous displays of adversarial journalism. Above all, it explores the web of connections and interdependence that binds old and new media gatekeepers, and cements them to the surveillance and warfare state. This ultimately foregrounds the book’s call for a radical rethink of ownership regulation, situating the movement for progressive media reform alongside wider struggles against the iniquities and injustices of global capitalism.

This book’s re-evaluation of the nature of media ownership and control in a postdigital world will prove to be an invaluable resource for students of media studies and journalism, as well as all those with an interest in the changing dynamics of media power.

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part |2 pages

PART I Heard and Not Seen

chapter 1|7 pages


chapter 2|9 pages

Behind Closed Doors

chapter 3|14 pages

The Art of the Impossible

part |2 pages

PART II Dispersal

chapter 4|7 pages

Dismantling the Gates

chapter 5|5 pages


chapter 6|5 pages

Endurance and Resurgence

chapter 7|5 pages

Two-Sided Preferences

part |2 pages

PART III Transferral

chapter 8|9 pages

Directing the Flow

chapter 9|6 pages

Getting to Know You

chapter 10|6 pages

The Tyranny of Automation

chapter 11|7 pages

Manual Control

part |2 pages

PART IV Coexistence

chapter 12|9 pages

The Long and the Short of It

chapter 13|18 pages


part |2 pages

PART V Demanding the Impossible

chapter 15|6 pages

Sources of Control

chapter 16|6 pages

The Politics of Measurement

chapter 17|8 pages

Safeguards and Remedies

chapter 18|3 pages