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Media & Sovereignty Report

November 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments
Media & Sovereignty Report - Assignment # 2

From the beginning of time media’s such as radio have been utilized by the government to hold power over its domain.  With so many different types of media and all them changing it has become more and more difficult for the government to have a hold on media.  Now the government has to battle media because media isn’t controlled by government anymore.  This makes the government grow more powerless everyday.  Media outlets have always impacted the world and have always created a reaction from the government.  I believe that Internet has given the biggest effect of all to the government.  The internet gives you  information at instant speeds and it holds almost all desirable information anyone can ask for.  It has become difficult for the government to withhold information from its people.  But the government as history shows will always try to take back its control of its people.  They do this by  trying to control the information that is given to the public.  They put certain filters on what their people can see.  According to Monroe E. Price in 1997 India passed a Broadcast bill that made sure that any satellite/terrestrial/licensee didn’t broadcast any material that would offend against good taste or decency.  They then went into more detail and included anything that would likely encourage or incite to crime or to lead to disorder or to be offensive to public feeling.  India censors all types of media.  They also block anything that offends religious views and beliefs.  I believe that everyone should  have the right to watch/listen to any type of media that they chose to.  But sometimes censorship by the government isn’t a horrible thing to do.  In a way they are protecting there states people.  It would be more acceptable if the government would use this power for good.  But the only reason government want to control media is because they want to control the people and manipulate them to do whatever they see fit.

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  • 1    Eleni Maleganos // Nov 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I agree on a lot of what you said- but I do believe government should have some control on media. In another class I am taking, we watched a news clip of how people on a website viewed a college student overdose on pills until he evertually died on camera. Hundreds of people watched and encouraged him to end his life- and if someone would have stepped in, such as government control, on this website- maybe the death of this person could have been prevented. When cases like this arise, I begin to not mind so much about governments intervention, as long as it is for the right reasons, instead of pure manipulation,

  • 2    ndrumgo // Dec 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    You have pointed out a lot of great points. Even, though I also agree the government should have some control on the media. The rest should be left to the private sector.


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