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Professor Des Freedman

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PositionProfessor of Media and Communication Studies
Email d.freedman (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7632
Professor Des Freedman

Des Freedman is interested in the relationship between media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media policymaking, regulation and reform. He was a founding member and recent chair of the Media Reform Coalition and was project lead for the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television chaired by Lord Puttnam. He is a former editor of the Sage journal 'Global Media and Communication' and has edited several strands for openDemocracy including ‘Anti-austerity and media activism’ (with Natalie Fenton and Gholam Khiabany), ‘Liberalism in neo-liberal times’ (with Gholam Khiabanay, Kate Nash and Julian Petley) and ‘Capitalism and universities’ (with Michael Bailey). His latest books include Misunderstanding the Internet (2nd edition, Routledge 2016, with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) and The Contradictions of Media Power (Bloomsbury 2014).

Teaching

Des Freedman convenes and teaches on the following course: ‘Media, Modernity and Social Thought’

Areas of supervision

Current Research Students

  • Noemie Oxley is researching soldiers' videos of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Vince Medeiros is exploring the possibility of business models supporting radical content in a commercial environment.
  • Michael Klontzas is researching the BBC's use of technology as a form of public policy delivery

Completed Students

  • Alejandro Rodriguez looked at Mexican media policies in relation to Habermasian concepts of ideal speech and the public sphere
  • Vana Goblot evaluated notions of 'quality' in relation to BBC4 and the idea of 'think television'
  • Yachi Chen explored regulatory discourses in relation to the National Communications Commission in Taiwan
  • Laurence Pawley assessed different models of citizenship in relation to the policies, programmes and performance of the BBC.
  • Kate Coyer looked at the democratic implications of local and community radio with case studies of radio stations in Los Angeles and London.
  • Eugene Gorny, an experienced web producer, researched the history of creativity in Russian cyberculture.
  • Sen-Yin Li looked at press narratives in relation to debates on GM food.

Publications

Book

Misunderstanding the Internet 2nd Edition
Curran, James P.; Fenton, Natalie and Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2016. Misunderstanding the Internet 2nd Edition. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138906228

The Contradictions of Media Power
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. The Contradictions of Media Power. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-849-66073-0

Hulianwang de Wudu (Misunderstanding the Internet)
Curran, James P.; Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Fenton, Natalie. 2014. Hulianwang de Wudu (Misunderstanding the Internet). Beijing: People's University of China Press.

Misunderstanding the Internet
Curran, James P.; Fenton, Natalie and Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Misunderstanding the Internet. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-57958-2:

The Politics of Media Policy
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2008. The Politics of Media Policy. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN 9780745628417

Television Policies of the Labour Party 1951 - 2001
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. Television Policies of the Labour Party 1951 - 2001. Frank Cass. ISBN 0714654558

Edited Book

Strategies for Media Rerform: International Perspectives
Freedman, Des (D. J.) ; Obar, Jonathan, A.; Martens, Cheryl and McChesney, Robert, eds. 2016. Strategies for Media Rerform: International Perspectives. New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 9780823271658

Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives
Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Thussu, Daya, eds. 2011. Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. London: Sage. ISBN 978-1-446-20158-9

The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance
Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Bailey, Michael, eds. 2011. The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance. Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0745331911

Mapping Digital Media: UK case study
Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Schlosberg, Justin, eds. 2011. Mapping Digital Media: UK case study. Open Society Foundations.

War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7
Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Thussu, Daya Kishan, eds. 2003. War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7. SAGE. ISBN 978-0761943136

Book Section

Critical perspectives on media and conflict
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2017. Critical perspectives on media and conflict. In: Piers Robinson; Philip Seib and Romy Frolich, eds. Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security. London: Routledge, pp. 68-79. ISBN 9780415712910

Divided Britain? We were already divided...
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2016. Divided Britain? We were already divided... In: Daniel Jackson; Einar Thorsen and Dominic Wring, eds. EU Referendum Analysis 2016: Media, Voteres and the Campaign. UNSPECIFIED, p. 48. ISBN 9781910042090

Media Reform: An Overview
Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Obar, Jonathan, A.. 2016. Media Reform: An Overview. In: Des (D. J.) Freedman; Jonathan Obar; Cheryl Martens and Robert McChesney, eds. Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives. New York: Fordham University Press, pp. 3-18. ISBN 9780823271658

‘The Resilience of TV and its Implications for Media Policy’
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. ‘The Resilience of TV and its Implications for Media Policy’. In: Kate Okaley and Justin O'Connor, eds. The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. London: Routledge, pp. 120-129. ISBN 9780415706209

The Resilience of TV and its Implications for Media Policy
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. The Resilience of TV and its Implications for Media Policy. In: Kate Oakley and Justin O'Connor, eds. The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. London & NY: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415706209

How to Study Ownership and Regulation
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. How to Study Ownership and Regulation. In: Manuel Alvarado; Milly Buonanno; Herman Gray and Toby Miller, eds. The Sage Handbook of Television Studies. SAGE, pp. 3-21. ISBN 978-0761947417

How to Study Ownership and Regulation’
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. How to Study Ownership and Regulation’. In: Manuel Alvarado; Toby Miller and Milly Buonanno, eds. The Sage Handbook of Television Studies. London: Sage, pp. 3-21. ISBN 9780761947417

The Politics and Possibilities of Media Reform: Lessons from the UK
Fenton, Natalie and Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. The Politics and Possibilities of Media Reform: Lessons from the UK. In: Toby Miller, ed. The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture. London & NY: Routledge, pp. 458-470. ISBN 978-0415641470

Truth over justice: the Leveson Inquiry and the implications for democracy
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Truth over justice: the Leveson Inquiry and the implications for democracy. In: Philip Dearman and Cathy Greenfield, eds. How We are Governed: Investigations of Communication, Media and Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 53-74. ISBN 978-1443854061

Power in the Digital Economy
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Power in the Digital Economy. In: Granville Williams, ed. Big Media and Internet Titans: Media Ownership: the Democratic Challenge. Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, pp. 94-105. ISBN 978-1898240075

Regulating for plurality: lessons from the UK
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. Regulating for plurality: lessons from the UK. In: Franck Rebillard and Marlene Loica, eds. Pluralisme de l'information et media diversity : Un état des lieux international. De Boeck (in French), pp. 97-116. ISBN 978-2804182328

The Political Economy of the 'New' News Environment
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2010. The Political Economy of the 'New' News Environment. In: Natalie Fenton, ed. New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age. London: Sage, pp. 35-50. ISBN 978-1-847-87574-7

An Ethical Deficit? Accountability, Norms, and the Material Conditions of Contemporary Journalism
Couldry, Nick; Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Phillips, Angela. 2010. An Ethical Deficit? Accountability, Norms, and the Material Conditions of Contemporary Journalism. In: Natalie Fenton, ed. New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age. London: Sage, pp. 51-67. ISBN 978-1-847-87574-7

Policy and regulation
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2008. Policy and regulation. In: R Picard; R Towse; L Kung and R Wallis, eds. The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media. SAGE.

The Mirror and the war on Iraq
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2007. The Mirror and the war on Iraq. In: Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn, eds. The Tabloid Culture Reader. Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp. 70-80. ISBN 978-0335219315

Media policy-making in the free trade era: the impact of the GATS negotiations on audiovisual industries
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2006. Media policy-making in the free trade era: the impact of the GATS negotiations on audiovisual industries. In: Sylvia Harvey, ed. Trading Culture: Global Traffic and Local Cultures in Film and Television. John Libbey & Co, pp. 21-32. ISBN 978-0861966691

Internet Transformations: “old” media resilience in the “new media” revolution
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2006. Internet Transformations: “old” media resilience in the “new media” revolution. In: James P. Curran and David G. Morley, eds. Media and Cultural Theory. London and NY: Routledge, pp. 275-290. ISBN 978-0415317054

The Mirror and the War on Iraq: Profits, Politics and Product Differentiation
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2004. The Mirror and the War on Iraq: Profits, Politics and Product Differentiation. In: Anita Biressi; Heather Nunn; Jonathan Rutherford and Fran Davies, eds. MediaWar (Mediactive). 3 Barefoot Publications. ISBN 978-1905007028

Misreporting war has a long history
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. Misreporting war has a long history. In: David Miller, ed. TELL ME LIES: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq. Pluto Press, pp. 63-69. ISBN 978-0745322018

Raymond Williams
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. Raymond Williams. In: Chrsitopher May, ed. Key Thinkers for the Information Society: Vol 1. Routledge, pp. 173-190. ISBN 978-0415296731

How Her Majesty's Opposition Grew to Like Commercial TV: The Labour Party and the Origins of ITV
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. How Her Majesty's Opposition Grew to Like Commercial TV: The Labour Party and the Origins of ITV. In: Toby Miller, ed. Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415255028

Article

Jeremy Corbyn's media strategy is smarter than his critics realise
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2016. Jeremy Corbyn's media strategy is smarter than his critics realise. New Statesman, ISSN 1364-7431

Media Policy Norms for a Europe in Crisis
Freedman, Des. 2016. Media Policy Norms for a Europe in Crisis. Javnost - The Public, 23(2), pp. 120-134. ISSN 1318-3222

Some Contradictions of the Assault on the BBC
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. Some Contradictions of the Assault on the BBC. Discover Society, 24,

Paradigms of Media Power
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. Paradigms of Media Power. Communication, Culture & Critique, 8(2), pp. 273-289. ISSN 1753-1929

Media Policy Fetishism
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. Media Policy Fetishism. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 32(2), pp. 96-111. ISSN 1529-5036

Guardian’s anti-Hamas advert is a story of media power – and it’s not just about the money
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Guardian’s anti-Hamas advert is a story of media power – and it’s not just about the money. The Conversation,

The Meaning of the Hacking Trial: A Free Press would be a Really Good Idea
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. The Meaning of the Hacking Trial: A Free Press would be a Really Good Idea. Huffington Post,

Five reasons why Ed Miliband's flirtation with the Sun was a disaster
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Five reasons why Ed Miliband's flirtation with the Sun was a disaster. openDemocracy,

Murdoch buying Murdoch: Nothing to worry about?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Murdoch buying Murdoch: Nothing to worry about? LSE Media Policy Project,

Media ownership: the elephant in the room
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Media ownership: the elephant in the room. openDemocracy,

Decriminalising non-payment of the licence a barely disguised attack on BBC
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Decriminalising non-payment of the licence a barely disguised attack on BBC. The Conversation,

When are we going to do something about media power?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. When are we going to do something about media power? Coalition for Media Pluralism,

Lords Report does little to weaken media barons
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Lords Report does little to weaken media barons. openDemocracy,

Four more years to wait for media plurality
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Four more years to wait for media plurality. LSE Media Policy Project,

Why are we so frightened of breaking up 'big media'?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Why are we so frightened of breaking up 'big media'? Huffington Post,

Media Policy Research and the Media Industries
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Media Policy Research and the Media Industries. Media Industries Journal, 1(1), pp. 11-15. ISSN 2373-9037

Communication & Global Power Shifts. The Puzzle of Media Power: Notes Toward a Materialist Approach
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. Communication & Global Power Shifts. The Puzzle of Media Power: Notes Toward a Materialist Approach. International Journal of Communication, 8, ISSN 1932-8036

Year after Leveson: Has British press cleaned up its act?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. Year after Leveson: Has British press cleaned up its act? CNN Online,

Tackling ownership at a snail's pace: the government's consultation on plurality
Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Schlosberg, Justin. 2013. Tackling ownership at a snail's pace: the government's consultation on plurality. Three-D,

The Press can't decide if they're for press freedom or against it
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. The Press can't decide if they're for press freedom or against it. openDemocracy,

Ralph Miliband would have seen the Daily Mail attack coming
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. Ralph Miliband would have seen the Daily Mail attack coming. Guardian, Comment is Free,

The Daily Mail Know All About 'Hate'
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. The Daily Mail Know All About 'Hate'. Huffington Post,

When "measuring" is a substitute for action: the DCMS consultation on media ownership
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. When "measuring" is a substitute for action: the DCMS consultation on media ownership. LSE Media Policy Project,

A tale of two British summers: phone hacking and a royal baby
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. A tale of two British summers: phone hacking and a royal baby. openDemocracy,

Leveson and the prospects for media reform
Grayson, Deborah and Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2013. Leveson and the prospects for media reform. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 53, pp. 69-81. ISSN 1362-6620

Metrics, Models and the Meaning of Media Ownership
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Metrics, Models and the Meaning of Media Ownership. International Journal of Cultural Policy, n/a(n/a), pp. 1-16. ISSN 1028-6632

Leveson and the Left
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Leveson and the Left. New Left Project,

The Phone Hacking Scandal: Implications for Regulation
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. The Phone Hacking Scandal: Implications for Regulation. Television and New Media, 13(1), pp. 17-20. ISSN 1527-4764

Leveson: Does the Sentence Fit the Crime?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Leveson: Does the Sentence Fit the Crime? Huffington Post,

The BBC: Is this the Corporation's Hacking Crisis?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. The BBC: Is this the Corporation's Hacking Crisis? Huffington Post,

Communications White Paper: The Deregulation Bandwagon is on the Road
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Communications White Paper: The Deregulation Bandwagon is on the Road. LSE Media Policy Project,

Measuring media plurality isn’t enough
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Measuring media plurality isn’t enough. LSE Media Policy Project,

It’s Not Just about Murdoch – The Whole System Needs Fixing
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. It’s Not Just about Murdoch – The Whole System Needs Fixing. Huffington Post,

Murdoch and the UK culture secretary: we shouldn’t be surprised, we should be angry
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Murdoch and the UK culture secretary: we shouldn’t be surprised, we should be angry. openDemocracy,

Did UK Minister work for government - or Murdoch?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Did UK Minister work for government - or Murdoch? CNN Online,

If the Sun hates attacks on press freedom, how must it hate itself!
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. If the Sun hates attacks on press freedom, how must it hate itself! openDemocracy,

The Phone Hacking Scandal: Implications for Regulation
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. The Phone Hacking Scandal: Implications for Regulation. Television and New Media, 13(1), pp. 17-20. ISSN 1527-4764

Media Regulation
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Media Regulation. Oxford Bibliographies,

Rehabilitating Britain’s news media
Freedman, Des (D. J.) ; Curran, James P. and Phillips, Angela. 2011. Rehabilitating Britain’s news media. Guardian, Comment is Free,

Still hacked off with the media: Come and join the campaign for UK media reform
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2011. Still hacked off with the media: Come and join the campaign for UK media reform. openDemocracy,

The BBC is not part of the problem raised by Hackgate
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2011. The BBC is not part of the problem raised by Hackgate. openDemocracy,

The Leveson Inquiry – Should We Care?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2011. The Leveson Inquiry – Should We Care? New Left Project,

What does it mean to ‘break up’ media power?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2011. What does it mean to ‘break up’ media power? Guardian, Comment is Free,

Is hacking scandal the UK’s Watergate?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2011. Is hacking scandal the UK’s Watergate? CNN Online,

Hackgate and the Communications Review: two separate planets?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2011. Hackgate and the Communications Review: two separate planets? OpenDemocracy,

Murdoch: The End of the Affair?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2011. Murdoch: The End of the Affair? LSE Media Policy Project,

Media Policy Silences: The Hidden Face of Communications Decision Making
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2010. Media Policy Silences: The Hidden Face of Communications Decision Making. International Journal of Press/Politics, 15(3), pp. 344-361. ISSN 1940-1612

The Public Service Publisher - an Obituary
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2009. The Public Service Publisher - an Obituary. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 6(1), pp. 103-121. ISSN 1743-4521

‘Smooth operator?’ The propaganda model and moments of crisis
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2009. ‘Smooth operator?’ The propaganda model and moments of crisis. Westminster Papers in Communication, 6(2), pp. 59-72. ISSN 1744-6708

The Public Service Publisher – an Obituary
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2009. The Public Service Publisher – an Obituary. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 6(1), pp. 103-121. ISSN 1743-4521

Dynamics of power in contemporary media policy-making
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2006. Dynamics of power in contemporary media policy-making. Media Culture & Society, 28(6), pp. 907-923. ISSN 01634437

'Do scholars matter? Some reasons for the declining influence of academics on the media policy-making process
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2006. 'Do scholars matter? Some reasons for the declining influence of academics on the media policy-making process. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 2(1), ISSN 1740-8296

Book Review: GATS and the audiovisual sector: An update
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2006. Book Review: GATS and the audiovisual sector: An update. Global Media and Communication, 1(1), pp. 124-128. ISSN 1742-7665

Promoting Diversity and Pluralism in Contemporary Communication Policies in the United States and the United Kingdom
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2005. Promoting Diversity and Pluralism in Contemporary Communication Policies in the United States and the United Kingdom. The International Journal on Media Management, 7(1, 2), pp. 16-23. ISSN 14241277

Cultural Policy-Making in the Free Trade Era: An Evaluation of the Impact of Current World Trade Organisation Negotiations on Audio-Visual Industries
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. Cultural Policy-Making in the Free Trade Era: An Evaluation of the Impact of Current World Trade Organisation Negotiations on Audio-Visual Industries. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 9(3), pp. 285-298. ISSN 10286632

Witnessing whose truth?
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. Witnessing whose truth? openDemocracy,

Managing pirate culture: corporate responses to peer-to-peer networking
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. Managing pirate culture: corporate responses to peer-to-peer networking. International Journal on Media Management, 5(3), pp. 173-179. ISSN 1424-1277

A "Technological Idiot"?: Raymond Williams and Communications Technology
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2003. A "Technological Idiot"?: Raymond Williams and Communications Technology. Information, Communication and Society, 5(3), pp. 425-442. ISSN 1369-118X

Conference or Workshop Item

PERC Paper 2: Media Moguls and Elite Power
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2015. 'PERC Paper 2: Media Moguls and Elite Power'. In: Goldsmiths Political Economy Research Centre. London, United Kingdom 28th February 2015.

Report

A Future for Public Service Television: Content and Platforms in a Digital World
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2016. A Future for Public Service Television: Content and Platforms in a Digital World. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London.

Meeting the News Needs of Local Communities
Freedman, Des (D. J.) ; Fenton, Natalie; Metykova, Monika and Schlosberg, Justin. 2010. Meeting the News Needs of Local Communities. Project Report. Commissioned by Media Trust.

Protecting the News: Civil Society and the Media
Freedman, Des (D. J.) ; Witschge, Tamara and Fenton, Natalie. 2010. Protecting the News: Civil Society and the Media. Project Report. Carnegie UK.

The Rise and Fall of the Public Service Publisher
Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2008. The Rise and Fall of the Public Service Publisher. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

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