Media&Speech.11

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Free Speech, Diversity and the Public Interest Introduction to Media Studies October 4 & 6  2011
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The ‘First” Freedom Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (first amendment) U.S. Constitution: The Bill of Rights, 1791 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. (article 19) UN Declaration on Human Rights, 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair HR Commission, 1946-8
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What is the value and purpose of the FA? How is it applied to media? Areas of Interest differences between media types (print/ broadcasting, telecommunications) copyright ownership and control diversity indecency, morality, violence accuracy and honesty the national interest and national security First Amendment, Mass Media, and Government : key questions The government in all nations serves as an organizing structure that can, to varying degrees, constrain or promote the free activity (or agency) of the media (Starr in C&H, 71)
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Cheryl Crow, Love is a Good Thing Flag Burning: Texas v Johnson, 1989
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Free Speech: Core Principles   Individual Autonomy every individual is able to communicate without interference and without fear. Check on Abuses of Government & Self-Government The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Thomas Jefferson, 1787 Marketplace of Ideas there are many people communicating, or at least many different ideas being communicated.
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