Digital Media Inequalities: Policies against divides, distrust and discrimination

Digital Media Inequalities: Policies against divides, distrust and discrimination

Edited by Josef Trappel

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 


  1. Inequality, (new) media and communications, Josef Trappel
  2. Equality – an ambiguous value, Denis McQuail
  3. Inequality, social trust and the media. Towards citizens’ communication and information rights, Hannu Nieminen
  4. Scale economies and international communications inequality, 1820-2020, Jeremy Tunstall
  5. Political communication, digital inequality and populism, Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Ralph Negrine
  6. Economic inequality, appraisal of the EU and news media, Barbara Thomass
  7. Inequality in the media and the “Maslow pyramid” of journalistic needs in Central and Eastern Europe, Péter Bajomi-Lázár
  8. The illusion of pluralism. Regulatory aspects of equality in the new media, Judit Bayer
  9. The missing link. Blind spots in Europe’s local and regional news provision, Leen d’Haenens, Willem Joris, Quint Kik
  10. Transforming the news media. Overcoming old and new gender inequalities, Claudia Padovani, Karin Raeymaeckers, Sara De Vuyst
  11. Invisible children. Inequalities in the provision of screen content for children, Jeanette Steemers
  12. New forms of the digital divide, Elena Vartanova, Anna Gladkova
  13. Information and news inequalities, Tristan Mattelart, , Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Josef Trappel
  14. Why free news matters for social inequality. Comparing willingness to pay for news in the Nordic region, Hallvard Moe
  15. Representation, participation and societal well-being. Addressing inequality in agency in Europe, Auksė Balčytienė, Kristina Juraitė
  16. Towards a policy for digital capitalism? Werner A. Meier

Josef Trappel is Professor of Media Policy and Media Economics and Head of the Department of Communication Research at the University of Salzburg in Austria and a member of IAMCR. 

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Digital Media Inequalities: Policies against divides, distrust and discrimination
Editor: Josef Trappel
Published: 2019
Pages: 288
Publisher: Nordicom

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