Democratization of communication

By Seán MacBride - 1983

The call for democratization of communication has many connotations, many more than are usually considered. In other words, it implies a change in outlook. There is surely a necessity for more abundant information from a plurality of sources, but if the opportunity to reciprocate is not available, the process is not adequately democratic. Without a two-way flow between participants in the process, true democratization will not become a reality. Democratization can be defined as the process whereby: the individual becomes an active partner and not a mere object of communication; the variety of messages exchanged increases; and, the extent and qualities of social representation or participation in communication are also augmented.

By Seán MacBride| 1983
Categories:  Concepts


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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