Affirmative War and the Media Brief

Affirmative War and - Chen,Villanueva1 Mark Chen Kenneth Villanueva Affirmative Side SPCM 112 11 am Affirmative War and the Media Brief"Resolved

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Chen,Villanueva1 Mark Chen Kenneth Villanueva Affirmative Side SPCM 112 11 am Affirmative War and the Media Brief “Resolved: That the government should not censor war images and information presented by the media.” Introdction I. The cause for discussion A. There are times when the government has decided to censor the media and public to such extremes that by the time the war is over, many people do not know what has happened. B. There are times when the media is “guaranteed” coverage however when sent overseas they are placed so far away from the action that they can only report what they hear from returning marines. C. We have seen varies examples of the Government since World War 2 using forms of deceit and lies in order to protect their image and public opinion, this instead has lead to a public distrust of the government on several war issues. II. Definition of Terms
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Chen,Villanueva2 A. Propaganda = is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people. B. War on Terrorism = is a term for the various military, political and legal actions initiated by the United States government in following after the September 11, 2001 attacks . C. Surveillance = is the process of monitoring the behavior of people, objects or processes within systems for conformity to expected or desired norms in trusted systems for security or social control . III. Waived Issue: Our discussion is only based within the US; no other countries or countries’ governments will be addressed. IV. Conceded Matters A. The negative concedes that there should be some censorship when pertaining to military secrets and base locations. V. Main issues of Debate established by the affirmative A. Americans have a right to know, they are paying for the war B. It is the job of the media to report everything, to be unbiased and let people decide 1. “Americans are smart enough to separate propaganda from truth, and they should have the opportunity to do so.” Cross (SPJ). C. The media often exaggerates or is biased 1. They display one picture of a number of coffins of US soldiers, and
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Chen,Villanueva3 jump to the assumption that our troops must be withdrawn even though during a war, casualties are expected. VI. Main issues established by the Negative A. Censoring the images presented by the media will boost the moral of the public. B. Censoring information will help prevent the presentation of false information. C. Censoring war information will provide privacy for the families. D. It will help avoid providing information to the enemy. Discussion: Affirmative Censorship by the Government should be lifted because I. Americans Knowledge A. "It is especially important during times of national crisis for journalists to hold those in power accountable, without acceding to pressure from government officials to withhold information from the people." Says Delagates to the 2001 SPJ National Convention (SPJ) B. "The job of the news media is to seek truth and report it by providing
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course SPCM 101 taught by Professor Holley during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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Affirmative War and - Chen,Villanueva1 Mark Chen Kenneth Villanueva Affirmative Side SPCM 112 11 am Affirmative War and the Media Brief"Resolved

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