Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible: Three Radically Democratic Internet Policies

Robert W. McChesney

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The policies surrounding the Internet in the United States are determined by what the wealthiest and most powerful players wish to have happen. This is producing a digital world that is inimical to democracy and to the revolutionary potential of these technologies. The author argues for radical policies: the nationalization of the ISP/cellphone industry and its conversion to a public utility; the nationalization of huge Internet monopolies that are impervious to antitrust; the adoption of a massive public subsidy to pay for independent, competitive, uncensored, noncommercial news media. The author points out that these proposals have a basis in conservative theory as well as radical and liberal democratic theory. It is imperative to broaden the debate and draw the citizenry into it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-99
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Capitalism
  • Competition
  • Democracy
  • Internet
  • Journalism
  • Monopoly
  • News
  • Policy
  • Regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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