gatekeeping - Westley and Maclean use the term gatekeeper...

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Westley and Maclean use the term gatekeeper to refer to an intermediary, such as an editor, with control over the flow of information. A gatekeeper can influence communication by preventing or restricting access to a message, altering message content, or by enabling or facilitating message transmission A positional gatekeeper is someone like an editor who occupies a clearly defined role in which they manage the flow of information. Individuals can also serve as gatekeepers not because of an explicit role, but because of situational factors; a mutual friend who is asked by one individual to broach a sensitive topic with another person on his or her behalf, or a roommate who speaks on the phone with a caller and is asked to relay information to the absent person are also examples of people acting as gatekeepers. An incidental gatekeeper is one who acts as a gatekeeper in a short-term capacity, typically as a result of situational contingencies or happenstance We can use the term gatekeeping to refer to the nature of how gatekeepers exert influence over the flow of information. Like many processes in communication, gatekeeping occurs as a mix of controlled and automatic elements. A
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