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Government Regulation of Media

The US government should show restraint in investigating and potentially blocking written materials. It is written in the constitution that everyone is entitled to free speech.  I think citizens would be upset if the United States changed its core values because of one incident. There has always been a struggle over how much power governments should have, and the banning of certain reading materials deemed dangerous would give the government too much power. Past governments who have banned controversial reading materials were not very successful. Countries like the USSR and Nazi Germany banned reading materials, and they no longer exist. It is difficult for anyone to not react to a threat, especially the US government. It would also be difficult for people to that if a preventable tragedy occurred. A positive would be that more people’s ideas could be heard. A negative would be that there could be a possibility that there are more attacks that maybe could have been prevented. However, there will always be tragedies that cannot be prevented.

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  1. tessdoez
    January 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Terry,
    This is a start, but please develop your argument in a more detailed manner and reference the textbook, as it explains the issues at hand very well and presents various interesting arguments about how these matters have been dealt with historically and how the media are regulated today.

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