Academic journal article Journalism History

Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power

Academic journal article Journalism History

Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power

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Price, Monroe E. Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004. 326 pp. $20.

Within the lifetimes of contemporary media educators, beginning or emeriti, the world has redefined itself. Stimulated by communications technology and global trade, and accelerated by the fall of the Soviet Union and terrorist attacks, the transitional pace threatens the traditional nation-state and leaves us gasping for perspective. Working from within the maelstrom, Monroe Price is attempting to make some sense of it all. In Media and Sovereignty, which is an updated paperback edition of a book published in 2002, he presents a theoretical and analytical approach that is simultaneously global, up to date, and readable.

Using the perspectives of law and public policy, Price describes the continuing struggle of governments to maintain control over information as instruments of power. He has been an advisor and consultant as well as an analyst in these struggles while straddling the Atlantic as both co-director of Oxford University's Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and holder of a named chair in these same fields at Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law. He also edited a respected international newsletter on media and law. Filled with specific examples from throughout the world and as tightly reasoned as a summation to the jury, his prose is slow but rewarding reading.

An important segment of Price's analysis deals with the efforts of Western nations to impose their own democratic, legal, and professional models on transitional societies. The recent history of that process is filled with unanticipated setbacks and expensive failures. …

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