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Regulation of the Media BLOG 4 re-post

I believe the government should have more power to exercise restraint if it keeps us safe. I would say for the most part, our nation is kept very safe. Now this isn’t to say we are “gods” and can prevent any attack against us, but we are safe. If the government didn’t do what they did I believe we would be at more of a risk. People will always question the government no matter what they are doing. In the book it says “although the first amendment guarantees that congress shall make no law restricting freedom of speech, or of the press, it has been interpreted by the courts, elected officials, and legal scholars to permit some level of regulatory and legal restriction”. I believe nothing can be followed perfectly, and society shouldn’t dwell on “…but its our first amendment”. There will always be imperfections in every government and people will always want more.

The new TSA laws anger many people but it is for our safety. Sure it is a bit of a stretch, but if that is what they think is going to keep us safe then so be it. I don’t want another underwear bomber in the air. Terrorists will always try to find new ways to cause terror but with these new “extreme laws” it will be harder for them.

If the government does know about something dangerous they should have the right to keep it secret. Releasing certain information can cause chaos. I personally love conspiracy theories and always think it would be interesting to know all of our nations secrets, but realistically that could be a dangerous thing. There is secrecy to keep order and I think our government should just keep doing what they are doing.

It is difficult for the government to find a balance as to what is necessary and what is constitutional. Wire tapping invades privacy so not much is kept confidential in our lives. Freedom of speech and freedom of press, which are constitutional issues, are both limited. People are really worried about their rights being taken away and violated and that is reasonable.  But like I said before, people will always question and be mad at the government.

I would say our nation is kept relatively safe and I would rather have someone listening to my phone calls than have another terrorist attack like 9/11. I think it would be silly for the government to change how they are keeping us safe. And yeah, sometimes it would be nice to have some more privacy, but I don’t think its safe for the government to change what they are doing.

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  1. tessdoez
    January 27, 2011 at 5:46 am

    This is a great start, please provide some evidence for your arguments based on current events, historical court cases, new legislation that has passes, or something from the textbook. Your arguments need to be contextualized by a clear understanding of the reality of current legislation and the issues surrounding prior restraint. Please repost with these revisions for credit (or email me your revised post).

    • philhedrick
      January 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      My re-post of blog 4 is now up. Thanks, Phil Hedrick

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