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Contemporary Regulation of the Media

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 14, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Media Language, Hot Entries

This article aims to cover all of the areas of study taught as part of A2 OCR Media Studies G325, Section B topic – Contemporary Media Regulation. The following are examples of past questions from 2010-2011 papers:

  1. Evaluate arguments for and against stronger regulation of the media.
  2. To what extent can the media be regulated in the digital age?
  3. To what extent are contemporary media regulated adequately?
  4. Why is the regulation of media so complex?
  5. How far do changes to the regulation of the media reflect broader social changes?
  6. To what extent is contemporary media regulation more or less effective than in previous times?
  7. Discuss the need for media regulation.

The concept of regulation is at times complex but fundamentally simplistic in its aims and objectives – regulation of the media seeks to protect vulnerable elements within society who may be ‘victim’ to passive consumption, primarily the younger generation. This however, in turn suggests that there is a need for a ‘nanny state’ to keep citizens safe from evil media corporations and their wicked intentions; both true and not true. There is a strong argument in the interactive digital age to suggest that contemporary media audiences are much more sophisticated, active consumers of the media and media representations and are less in need of protection via censorship and regulation but to what degree and who censors and who has the right to censor?

Along with contemporary media regulation, freedom of information has also been a developing global concept pioneered in part since 2006 by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks who seek to challenge notions of institution and how governments have sought to limit information from the public and public domain.

State Censorship and State Media Censorship, as in North Korea and China would be considered as the binary opposite of deregulation and moves towards deregulation in many ‘western’ countries including Europe and North America...

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