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Too many blindspots about the media

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This chapter discusses the blindspot paradigm, drawing upon Marxist terminology, deployed as the theoretical basis for a criticism of a focus on capitalist ownership of the media. The blindspot paradigm is not entirely incidental to Hacketts conclusions. Its starting-point in the self-conception of media-capitalists is reflected in his sensitivity to the powerlessness of the media in the face of competition and markets in the market as censor. Similarly, that starting-point in the self-conception of media-capitalists is reflected in the view of audiences as complicit the sense in which commercial media give people what they want and thus the problem of established audience expectations as a constraint on media reform.

Keywords: media-capitalists; monopoly capitalism; Robert A. Hackett; Western Marxists



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