This essay will discuss and analyze the media and censorship of the media in the United States. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press (United States Constitution 1789). Throughout the history of the United States of America, the Constitution has always been put to the test. The founders of this great country originally created the first amendment to allow colonists to speak out against the British. In the 17th century, the press was accurate and informative with little competition among journalists. But today in the 21st century the circumstances are different and the stakes are higher. Due to incredibly high amount of competition among journalists today, the information is usually exaggerated in order to capture a viewing audience.
[...] Simpson also went on the say in that interview that the media only showed the people that were upset on his released and held signs that said “Butcher of Brentwood.” “They did not show the hundreds of people that waved to him or gave him a thumbs up as he walked out of the California jail” (Jet 39). Over the years, the Supreme Court has heard many cases regarding censorship. In 1964, the Supreme Court heard the case of New York Times v. [...]
[...] has a great plot, a football star kills his beautiful ex-wife and her lover in the heat of passion. The treatment of the O.J. Simpson case shows how the media has become purveyors of drama rather than information” (Gabler 12). There were an incredible amount of rumors surrounding the case. Some people have said that the Simpson case is an “American tragedy” that became the center of a media circus. Because of the enormous media coverage it caused making the selection of an impartial jury nearly impossible. [...]
[...] But, in late 1994, the FCC failed to recognize Stern when he talked a man out of suicide. Today, Howard Stern Radio Show” still remains as one of the top listened to broadcasting shows in radio history. With the radio show being a huge success it was turned into a Television show, which ranks as the top most viewed show on the Network. The power that the media has is derived from its ability to mold the public opinion by presenting exaggerated and biased coverage of events. [...]
[...] “Anyone caught soliciting these materials to minor can be given a maximum of 10 years in jail” (Lewis B14) Conclusion In conclusion, how should the media be regulated? Many people feel that the solution to the problem is to create a new media doctrine. Opponents of this feel that this would change the information and this country would turn into a dictatorship. But, if something is not done soon, who knows what will happen? the media does not establish an internal system of self-regulation, the government will surely intrude, a step that will begin with regulation and ultimately lead to censorship” (Deskowitz 150). [...]
[...] Noam Chomsky, an established political thinker and magazine editor, stated in an interview in 1990: you follow mainstream media with great care and skepticism and approach it with the right understanding of how propaganda works, then you can learn a lot. The normal reader is fooled into believing the propaganda that they are being fed. The media shapes and selects the events and offer their biased opinions to the mass audiences.” media modifies information to fill what they believe the public's interest (Szykowny 9). [...]
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