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The search for a civic commons online: an assessment of existing BBC Online policy

Ramsey, Phil (2013) The search for a civic commons online: an assessment of existing BBC Online policy. Media, Culture and Society, 35 (7). pp. 864-879. [Journal article]

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URL: http://mcs.sagepub.com/content/35/7/864.abstract

DOI: 10.1177/0163443713495079

Abstract

Debates surrounding democracy and the internet are of central importance to the future of public service broadcasting. Some of these debates have led a group of scholars to argue for the establishment of a civic commons online, in response to the commercial nature of the internet and its limited support of deliberative democracy. General features of a civic commons online include the formation of a deliberative space free from corporate and state influence, yet that receives some form of public funding. Given their long and relatively successful history, some scholars have argued that existing public service broadcasters might provide the best chance for the establishment of such a commons. This article evaluates existing BBC Online policy in the UK in light of these arguments, and assesses the extent to which existing policy might allow space for the establishment of such a civic commons. The article concludes by arguing that while existing BBC Online policy would allow the basic grounds for the establishment of a civic commons online, there are significant obstacles to its full realization.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:BBC Online, BBC Trust, civic commons, digital democracy, internet, media policy, public service broadcasting
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:36003
Deposited By: Dr Phil Ramsey
Deposited On:27 Sep 2016 09:34
Last Modified:28 Sep 2016 10:57

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