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Illusion of the Free Press - by John Charney (Hardcover)

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Contending that the idea of a free press is an illusion, the author analyzes the relationship between truth and freedom in the free press, exploring why the press remains a central institution in the mediation of social reality in liberal democracies despite its limitations. He contends that truth plays a key function in literature on free speech from the 17th century on, and that tension exists between truth and freedom. He discusses the concept of the illusion of the free press through the critique of the political economy of the press, which argues that the press is not free and independent but subject to various constraints, and cultural critiques, showing that they are unable to explain why the press remains a central institution in liberal democracies, as they see the illusion of the free press as false consciousness. He then considers the place of truth in free speech literature from the 17th to the 19th century in England; applications of these theories to the press in the US; the space of truth in autonomy theories of free speech, the connections between autonomy defenses of expressive freedoms and truth, application in the free press, and how truth emerges in the form of authenticity or discovery of the true self; and the basis of the tension between truth and freedom in the concept of freedom as non-interference. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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