500_Newspapers_in_Crisis

500_Newspapers_in_Crisis - 500 Newspapers in Crisis: Social...

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500 Newspapers in Crisis: Social / Historical Group Question 1: What is the role of news in democratic society? How has this role changed over time? In the United States, newspapers served the function of "arguing against tyranny and arbitrary authority (pp. 3)" In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (pp. 2) many were jailed for criticizing those in power through news publications. An example: James Franklin's (pp.2) was the first unlicensed newspaper in the colonies. He published political essays, opinion-pieces, results of government voting, and invited "all men" to submit pieces to his newspaper. For his protest,he was thrown in jail twice and ordered to stop printing. Great Britain then levied taxes that adversely affected newspapers, causing some publications to close. Publishers used the closing of newspapers as an allegory for the death of liberty. This publication backlash against Great Britain helped stir discontent within colonies and create a sense of community. Publishers did this by disseminating anti-British propaganda, through the
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