Posted by Word Camel on June 13, 2003
In Reply to: A consensual process of surveillance posted by purple on June 13, 2003
: I am not quite sure about the bracketed sentence. Could anyone do me a favor?
: The news media, according to the liberal pluralists, must carry out the crucial work of contributing to the system of checks and balances popularly held to be representative of domocratic structures and processes. More specifically, by fostering a public engagement with the issue of the day, (they are regarded as helping to underwrite a consensual process of surveillance whereby the activities of the state and corporate sectors are made more reponsive to the dictates of public opinion. )
: Thank you .
It means the press are expected to play a role in making the activities of the government and business known to the public so that they can be held accountable for their actions. It talks about a consensual process of surveillance because it assumes that government and business do not want to hide what they are doing.
This is a pretty big assumption if you as me.