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Ownership and Regulation of the Media

I feel as though the U.S. government should have less power in the restraint and blocking of material that might hurt the national security. Free speech radio and media is something which my family is a strong supporter of and it would be a great detriment to the American people if the government had even more power over the mainstream media than they already do. Subsequent to major incidents such as 9/11 the people should have the opportunity hear an unbiased source which will deliver them the truth without regard to their feelings. If we take a look at the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 the U.S. was very hesitant to come in between the civil war. There was little support from the American people because they were not aware of what was actually going on in this third world country which was highly unknown to most American before the war. If the mainstream media was able/willing to air horrifying events which actually occurred there is no doubt in my mind that the American people would have come to the Rwandans and put full support behind American involvement in Rwanda. Thousands of lives could have been saved if the government had less control over the mass media.

There would not be that many difficulties in having an invisible hand, in economic terms meaning the government is present just with little interference.  Changing something as major as an entire sector of the government would take a lot of time and money in which the government has little of.

One problem may be the over excessive use of gore. This would make for a very explicit news cast, which may or may not be taking well by the American people. When events which need such type of coverage air it would turn into a material that would be targeted to a more mature audience. Young children would be less able to participate in matters dealing with national security. Another negative would be how the government would handle a situation where a source abuses their power. Who would say, how much is too much. There would have to be a regulation of some sort but not one that would reduce the content so much that it does not have the same strength.

One major positive effect of the government having less of a role in media regulation would be the American people being less blind to what is really going on in the world. People would have more knowledge about the situations in the present and would be able to take a side knowing that they have explored both sides of an argument evenly. Since my position in this matter is not adopted already by the government we need go in search of the truth; we need not to only digest what the mainstream media wants use to, but go beyond that. Viva la revolution!

 

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  1. tessdoez
    January 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Nate,
    I’m having a lot of trouble understanding the connection of one paragraph to the next. You also have a lot of sentence structure and grammatical errors in this post. Some of the topics you bring up such as violence in the news are covered in the assigned chapter from the text book. Please read that material and rewrite this post with a good understanding of how the text book explains these issues, and reference it in your dicussion. Please proofread and edit very well before reposting.

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