Victor Pickard

Victor Pickard

Victor Pickard is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. He studies the intersections of U.S. and global media activism and politics, the history and political economy of media institutions, and the foundations of media policy. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform (Cambridge, 2014). Follow him on Twitter: @VWPickard

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Friday, May 05, 2017
It’s Not Too Late To Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC
T he Federal Communications Commission has once again become industry’s servant. Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer and current Trump-appointed FCC chairman, has ushered in a virulent strain of market libertarianism, pledging to use a “ weed whacker ” against common-sense Internet regulations. A...
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Friday, November 04, 2016
Merger Fatigue In A Time Of Media Oligopolies
AT&T and Time Warner’s announced merger warrants serious concern about concentrated media power. The combination of AT&T’s vast telecommunications networks with Time Warner’s massive content production company would spawn one of the world’s largest media conglomerates. AT&T is the...
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Media and Politics in the Age of Trump
Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign will likely preoccupy future historians for years to come. While a number of factors contributed to his rise—including the growing power of social media , a latent racism and nativism within sections of the American public, and economic malaise resulting from Republican...
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Friday, April 01, 2016
When Commercialism Trumps Democracy
“ It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS .” — Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, when discussing Trump’s candidacy Donald Trump’s ascendance has many enablers , but news media deserve special scrutiny. Television news in particular has popularized Trump — and, in doing so, has turned our...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
US Represents Cautionary Tale about Media System Dominated by Market Values
Taken as a whole, the American media system is atypical. It is a largely commercial system that is offset by weak public alternatives, it’s lightly regulated by public interest protections, and in many sectors it’s dominated by a few corporations. Other countries’ media systems may face one or two...
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
How the Internet Was Saved... and Why the Battle Continues
Last week's historic decision by the FCC to pass strong net neutrality protections is both closure to a 13-year-long struggle and an opening salvo for battles to come. In one of the most important public interest decisions in American media policy history, the FCC, in a 3-2 party-line vote,...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Before Net Neutrality: The Surprising 1940s Battle for Radio Freedom
In 1947, near the 40th anniversary of his invention of the Audion tube, Lee de Forest, “the father of radio,” addressed a message to the National Association of Broadcasters that was widely circulated and printed in Time magazine, the Chicago Tribune , and other news outlets: What have you...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Dear FCC: Net Neutrality Is Part of a Social Contract
With his ringing endorsement for strong net neutrality protections, President Obama has joined a public groundswell for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify the Internet as a utility. This move would not only enable the agency to remain true to its mandate to regulate in the...
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