Evaluate the need for legal and social constraints on the media.Any help would be appreciatedEvaluate the need for legal and social constraints on the media. Any help would be appreciated

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Constraining the media is a slippery slope. Although I think our media is getting out of control, it will be self-correcting eventually. The media will keep catering to people as long as they'll keep paying for it. The 24 hour all access media is what people want.
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There are a number of ways to argue that the media need to be constrained in some way.  Which one you want to make depends on what your concerns are.  For example,

  • Some people would argue that there is a need for greater censorship of TV shows and other media of that sort.  They would say that there is too much vulgarity on TV and that children are getting more and more exposure to such things.
  • Others would argue that the media need to be prevented from publishing things like the Wikileaks material.  These people would argue that the media should have to keep the interests of the country in mind when they are deciding what to publish.

My personal opinion is that the first of these concerns is more valid than the second.  All sorts of speech that could be construed as political should be allowed whereas things that are being broadcast as mere entertainment should be more susceptible to censorship.

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