This chapter explores a selection of issues directly or indirectly related to the power of the media. It differentiates the most important aspects of thinking about media power, including those strands of work that serve to connect ideas about power to specific, researched instances and examples, as well as to broader theorisations about social and political organisation. The chapter evaluates the extent to which media power is seen to be ‘bad’. The recurrent themes are that media power is power without responsibility, and the perception of media power as being in various degrees of alignment or disjunction with other agencies and institutions of power in society. The chapter also discusses the structural and discursive deficits of the media.
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