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Unformatted text preview: 1 Introduction to Journalism Dr. Fred Blevens Unit 6: Resistance and Liberty Liberty in Context We get it when a FEW find it useful Wealthy, powerful elites must see personal gain Printing begins to flourish More information becomes available More political information emerges More and more partisan rhetoric More and more people are reading Knowledge is Power Democratization of knowledge Ever more politically literate public Opinion shapers begin to drive the agenda Identity grows with colonial expansion King is slowly losing his grip News plays big part in run-up to revolution Media begins to shape reality Still, most colonists resist independence That requires them to be convinced 2 Truth Goes to Court, 1735 John Peter Zenger charged with libel Published NY Journal for a political faction Faction was group of rich guys Rich guys threatened by Gov. William Cosby First time, truth allowed in defense Zenger acquitted by jury...
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