The American media is responsible for informing, agitating, entertaining and inspiring us. Being presided over by a handful of large, for-profit corporations, it has also become a tool by which merchandise is sold, data is collected and money is made. Are these two goals mutually exclusive? Or can we effectively regulate them so both can be served?

Helping us navigate these questions today is Victor Pickard, assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also most recently the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform.

Victor Pickard – Extended