Media use can empower people, provided that this is accompanied by a deeper understanding of the actors, processes and structures in the media sector – including media policy. It can however be expected that media users’ knowledge of media policy is rather limited. From a literacy point of view that is problematic as the absence of such understanding makes it impossible for citizens to hold the politicians they elected accountable for the media policy they develop. This article explores what media users know about media policy, what they expect to know and if they care. We adopted a case-study approach, researching this question for the region of Flanders based on a combination of both quantitative (representative survey) and qualitative (49 in-depth interviews) data. While the article focuses on the case of Flanders, its theoretical basis as well as conclusion section are relevant beyond that specific context.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunications: The European Journal of Communication Research
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • media literacy, media policy, Flanders, privacy, media users

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