Unformatted text preview: arshall School of Computer and Information Law, Winter 2002, p.247 The free flow of information is the life-blood of democracy. Access to diverse opinions and perspectives enables Americans to participate effectively in our democracy. We depend on the media to provide us with such access and to hold public officials accountable for their policies and actions. James Madison wrote, "[a] popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both." n6 The Founding Fathers enshrined the idea of a free press in the First Amendment. The Constitution does not extend this measure of protection to any other segment of American industry. INFORMED CITIZENRY THEORY EMPHASIZES ROLE OF INFORMATION IN PUBLIC CONFIDENCE OF GOVERNMENT Frances H. Foster, Professor of Law at Washington University, "Information and the Problem of Democracy: The Russian Experience," AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, Spring 1996 The informed citizenry theory also emphasizes the role of information in "consolidation" and "stabilization" of a democratic government. It views full, truthful, and independent information as a prerequisite for public confidence in and support of a leadership and its policies. Its basic argument is that "knowledge unites people and increases the ranks of ... supporters, whereas ignorance disunites and alienates." The informed citizenry theory predicts a dire fate for a Russia without popular information - failure of the reform process, social "explosion," and eventual collapse of Russia's first "democratic" government. SLHS Value File Marketplace of Ideas Bad
MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS DOES NOT LEAD TO TRUTH Alberto Bernabe Riefkohl. "Articulo: Freedome of the Press and the Business of Journalism," Revista Juridica Universidad de Puerto Rico , 67 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. 447, 1998. It is not at all clear, however, that truth will always be the result of the operation of the marketplace of ideas. The Constitutional protection granted to the marketplace of ideas, then, cannot exist to guarantee a...
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