MC 2001 FINAL[1]

MC 2001 FINAL[1] - L ECTURES Media Law Be able to describe the five major areas covered by the First Amendment(est 1791(1 Speech You can say almost

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LECTURES Media Law Be able to describe the five major areas covered by the First Amendment (est. 1791) (1) Speech: You can say almost whatever you want. Originally instituted to allow dissent against the government. Though some people thinks this means you can be as obnoxious as you want. (2) Religion: There will be no establishment of an official, mandated state religion in the United States, like what the Catholic Church was in England. (3) Free Press: Newspapers can print freely without government control. It is understood that they are like the fourth branch of government, which keeps the feds (as well as big business) in check. The voice of the people. (4) Free Assembly: You can gather together and meet in groups freely, even if they are to protest the government. (5) Petition: you can petition your government for change without fear of retribution There are no government limitations on freedom of expression. Be able to describe the relationship between the concept of “freedom of the press” and Enlightenment thinking of the 1700s. “People need information to govern themselves in a democracy; they cannot do it otherwise.” This is based on the radical notion that people are ultimately rational and good. Newspapers, obviously, provide this needed information. Be able to describe the concept of a marketplace of ideas. It is a free flow of ideas in public discourse. The “cream” of these ideas rise to the top. The best ones, once implemented, will make the most progress because they are suitable and condutive to prosperity. Be able to identify the major incidents in U.S. history that have interfered with the freedom of the press. Comstock Act (1873): Post office police mail for indecent material (but there’s a very broad view as to what’s indecent). Stayed in place until the 1920s, 1930s, etc. Espionage Act (1917): restricted anti-military talk Trading with the Enemy Act (1917): restricted trade with enemies of the U.S. Sedition Act (1918): made it illegal to speak “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive language about the U.S. government, Constitution, Armed Forces. *These were used to squelch dissent about the war, and to prosecute radical leftist groups.
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Be able to explain how our modern‐day understanding of free speech developed out of severe limitations on radical speech in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Because of the former limitations, we are very guarded against any infringement on our free speech. We are very wary of Big Brother-ish impositions by our government. Ex: Bush’s wiretapping. Even though the wiretapping has been proved to thrawt acts of terror against American citizens, many still protest the idea of it because it allows for bureaucratic eavesdropping. Which two major literary works had a big influence on decency issues related to freedom of
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MC 2001 FINAL[1] - L ECTURES Media Law Be able to describe the five major areas covered by the First Amendment(est 1791(1 Speech You can say almost

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