ABSTRACT. Fenton maintains that claims for the democratization of the public sphere relate to the accessibility of the internet to producers and users. Hilligoss and Rieh propose a unifying framework of credibility assessment in which credibility is characterized across various types of information resources. Pavlik claims that new media are exerting a profound effect on the role of the press in the democratic process. Palmer claims that the paradox of user control is that of the illusion of choice within which the user is offered up for a form of soft domination. Brodsky claims that the nature of the news is changing. Matheson writes that television, newspapers, texting and other widely available communication forms play an important role in mediating society to itself. (pp. 189–195) 

JEL: D83, L82, R31

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