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ERIC Number: ED124984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 36
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Mass Communication Information Control and National Development.
Kent, K.E.M.
Control of mass communication information has become a matter of increasing concern in scholarly circles. The emphasis by UNESCO in recent years on national communication policies is related to this concern. One important justification offered for focusing attention on communication policies has been their impact on development efforts. Certain mass communication policies at the national level will affect the success or failure of efforts at economic development. Analysis of available data suggests that a basic role of high centrality of mass communication information control in development is one of coordination of system units within relatively homogeneous and small nations. For such nations, centrality is moderately associated with economic growth. For large and heterogeneous countries, centrality of control appears to be unrelated to rate of economic development, or even to assume a negative relationship. Though further research is needed to confirm initial impressions, policy makers should carefully consider the interactions of present and proposed policies with national functional and structural characteristics. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (College Park, Maryland, August 1976)