Media systems are extremely prevalent throughout the world. This prevalence has become especially evident in modern day society. With new media outlets being developed constantly, and the ever growing rise of social media, media systems are becoming increasingly international. In other words, media systems from various locations are not just bound to one particular geographic area. However, that doesn’t prevent the comparison of the various media systems of the world.
There are 7 factors that we can use to compare said media systems. These are government system, political culture, media freedom, media ownership/funding, political parallelism, media culture, and media orientation. Another methodology to compare media systems is be the concepts of their press. There are 4 concepts that a country’s press could fit into. These include the authoritarian concept, the libertarian model, the revolutionary concept, and the developmental concept.
However, these are not the only approaches to comparing various media systems. Multiple people have created there own comparison variables. Some examples of people who have done so are Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini. Evidently, there is no one correct way to compare media systems. A multitude of unique approaches are equally applicable, and each have their own merits.