Media Concentration, Freedom of Expression, and Democracy


  • Roger A. Shiner University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Sara Weaver University of British Columbia Okanagan



Democracy, Freedom of Expression, Communicative Power, Media Concentration


The essay discusses Edwin Baker's recent book Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters (CUP 2007), and compares Baker's views with those taken by the Senate of Canada in their 2006 Report on Media Concentration. Although both argue that media concentration is a potential threat to democracy, the focus of the two discussions is importantly different. The Senate focuses on diversity of viewpoint alone, whereas Baker focusses on diversity of communicative power. We support Baker's approach.

Author Biographies

Roger A. Shiner, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Roger A. Shiner is Adjunct and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7.

Sara Weaver, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Sara Weaver, has just completed a joint BA honours degree in philosophy and psychology at UBC Okanagan.