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Assignment Number 2

November 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments
Media & Sovereignty Report - Assignment # 2

In chapter 36; Media and Sovereignty Monroe E. Price speaks about the role of media and how government has to put regulation on the media so they do not over power the government or the economy. With this idea we, as a society are able to see and maintain order, like the chain of commands. The government is at the top of the chain and every one knows that, and most will not go against what their government says. It’s not that people fear the government; it’s just that society knows that the government is extremely powerful, and government will do what they have to in order to maintain their appearance as powerful. Technology and the spread of technology were spoken about throughout this article. With every new type of technology that is established, the government has to have a say in what is aloud to be out there and easily searched. The web is easily accessible to anyone in the world and our government doesn’t want erroneous material spreading across the globe, especially if it will cause panic to the society.

In today’s society it seems as if almost everyone relies on the internet. We are attached to our phones, which now have the capability of being on face book all day every day. A few years ago Myspace was the “big thing”, everyone has one and if you were on someone’s “Top 5”, well you were just cool. There was a young girl; Megan Meier’s (13 years old) who committed suicide due to bulling through Myspace. What shocked me the most was the reason she killed herself is because a boy who had been leading her on no longer liked her and said crude things to her via the internet. The upsetting fact is, the boy wasn’t a boy, and it was an adult pretending to be a boy to get back at young Megan for a fall out between her daughter and Megan. This woman was able to make an account through My Space and harass her and nothing was said, there was no verification to make sure that this was a real person and there was no filtering of content through the Myspace creator. After word got out the Meier family organized a lawsuit; the culprit (Ms. Drew) was put on trial under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, something only previously used against computer hackers but the only law in Missouri that the prosecutors could take her to court for.

To me there need to be more laws enforced, especially when young teens are able to surf the web. We hear it too many times, teens are being taken advantage of; this was only one case that concerned me. There are also pedophiles that prey on naive young teens who chat in chat rooms. Although there are always new laws being enforced in our society involving the internet, I truly feel that if you are under a certain age, whatever activity you are working on, on the internet should somehow be filtered. There are too many loophole that let these people get away with really harsh crimes, or what should be labeled as a crime.

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  • 1    clare // Nov 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I forgot to add my name, sorry.
    Clare Baxter

  • 2    Prof. Hala // Nov 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Excellent report, Clare. Your case shows how it’s extremely important to consider this interpersonal domain of social networking when we talk about the proper role of states and laws/regulations in the media. Interesting how she was prosecuted under Missouri’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That’s a critical piece of information. Something to think about is what kind of law could protect people from this “crime”? Or how exactly should this crime be defined, and by whom (the feds or the states)?

  • 3    Eleni Maleganos // Nov 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I also thought about the Megan Meire case. Anyone can claim to be whoever they want to be onthe internet, it’s that simple. Especially one social networks such as myspace, or facebook, there is little to none filteration going on. But realistically, how would one verify their picture is really them? There has yet to be a way to control exactly what you put on the internet and who you say you are. Yes, there may be laws against it, but how many people break the law every day? This is no different, especially with a click of a button, you can be anyone you want to be, many sick people out there are taking advantage of easy opportunities.

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