Digital Media Inequalities

Policies against divides, distrust and discrimination

Inequalities are the unwanted companions of media and communication. Tradi­tional analogue mass media were criticized for creating inequalities by being biased, serving hegemonic interests, and accumulating far too much power in the hands of mighty industrial conglomerates. Under the digital regime, most inequalities survived, and new ones occurred. Knowledge gaps transformed into digital divides, news journalism is challenged by social networking sites, and global corporate monopolies outperform national media companies. Algorithmic selection, surveillance, Big Data and the Internet of Things are creating new inequalities which follow traditional patterns of class, gender, wealth and education. This book revisits old and new media and communication inequalities in times of digital transition. It has been written in a collective effort by the members of the Euromedia Research Group.


Inequality, (new) media and communications

Josef Trappel

Equality – an ambiguous value

Denis McQuail

Inequality, social trust and the media. Towards citizens’ communication and information rights

Hannu Nieminen

Scale economies and international communications inequality, 1820-2020

Jeremy Tunstall

Political communication, digital inequality and populism

Stylianos Papathanassopoulos
Ralph Negrine

Economic inequality, appraisal of the EU and news media

Barbara Thomass

Inequality in the media and the “Maslow pyramid” of journalistic needs in Central and Eastern Europe

Péter Bajomi-Lázár

The illusion of pluralism. Regulatory aspects of equality in the new media

Judit Bayer

The missing link. Blind spots in Europe’s local and regional news provision

Leen d’Haenens
Willem Joris
Quint Kik

Transforming the news media. Overcoming old and new gender inequalities

Claudia Padovani
Karin Raeymaeckers
Sara De Vuyst

Invisible children. Inequalities in the provision of screen content for children

Jeanette Steemers

New forms of the digital divide

Elena Vartanova
Anna Gladkova

Information and news inequalities

Tristan Mattelart
Stylianos Papathanassopoulos
Josef Trappel

Why free news matters for social inequality. Comparing willingness to pay for news in the Nordic region

Hallvard Moe

Representation, participation and societal well-being. Addressing inequality in agency in Europe

Auksė Balčytienė
Kristina Juraitė

Towards a policy for digital capitalism?

Werner A. Meier


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