A pillar of democracy: an examination of the UK press as the ‘fourth estate’

Atherton-Julian, Holly (2015) A pillar of democracy: an examination of the UK press as the ‘fourth estate’. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This body of work was designed to examine the democratic performance of the newspaper industry in the UK, in order to gain a better understanding of its successes and limitations as the ‘fourth estate’. Using literature produced by media theorists, such as Jurgen Habermas, and quantitative data obtained from government and media coalition reports, it will argue that commercialism and the pursuit of capitalist economic pursuits enabled newspapers to develop free from domination. However the same market structures that facilitated its development, now hinder industry ability to facilitate and represent society fairly in democratic debate.
    It will also examine alternative forms of news accounts available online, such as community newsgathering sites and social networking, in order to determine if democratic debate is being facilitated elsewhere. Consideration is given to the ever-increasing prominence of the Internet in the day-to-day lives of the citizen and the argument is presented within the context of the larger debate surrounding UK adult media trust.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 15:26
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 15:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17628

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