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Social Foundations of the Mass Media - Walter Milton Brasch

Social Foundations of the Mass Media

Paperback Published: 28th January 2000
ISBN: 9780761819165
Number Of Pages: 381

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Social Foundations of the Mass Media is a historical examination of the intellectual debate over the extent of permissible freedom that should be allowed for the expression and discussion of conflicting ideas. The treatment begins with the ancient Egyptian concepts, extends through Middle Eastern writings, treats the Inquisition and concludes with modern concepts in the United States. Both the church and the state have long desired to repress dissident opinion fearing that their authority would be undermined. They have used persecution, laws, the courts and public opinion to try to impose their ideas upon an unwilling population. Thinkers from Aristotle to Zechariah Chafee, Jr., the renowned legal scholar at Harvard University, and Hugo Black, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, have had much to say about the role of journalists, writers and dissidents. Each of their ideas and those of many others appear in the Social Foundations of the Mass Media. The debate will continue well into the future, but the issues that have been raised over the centuries remain central to the debate today.

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...it is a volume that both raises ideas and settles them.--Media Ethics

A History of Fearp. 3
Essay on Freedomp. 13
Historiesp. 14
A Massacre of Mankindp. 17
An Inquisition of Knowledgep. 23
The Star Chamber--and Beyond: From Protection to Persecutionp. 31
Preservation Through Suppressionp. 37
The Restoration of the Monarchy--And Suppression of the Peoplep. 43
The Sentencing of John Twynp. 46
The Early American Colonies: Absence of Tolerationp. 49
Philosophy and Free Expressionp. 53
The Greater the Oppression, The Greater the Resistancep. 59
From Compliance to Dissentp. 69
The Libertarian Grounds for Revolutionp. 83
The Seeds of Revolutionp. 89
A Flowering of the Revolutionp. 93
Radicals as Statesmenp. 95
A Dark Agep. 99
Restraint and Misinformationp. 115
No Longer Concernedp. 119
A Manifest Destinyp. 123
'If All Mankind Minus One ...'p. 125
Freedom, Suppression, and Slavery: The Antebellum Erap. 131
Libertarianism, Censorship, and a Nation in Painp. 135
The Moral Suppressorp. 139
The U. S. Post Office: The Censor's Stamp
A Growing Economy; A Growing Suppressionp. 159
The First Amendment: Sedition From Peace to Warp. 167
Changing Concepts: World War I to World War IIp. 189
Book Burning: American Stylep. 209
Censoring Celluloidp. 215
Radio: Scarcity Means Suppressionp. 223
Struggles for Dominationp. 229
ACLU Annual Report (1943)p. 236
A New Media Control: Making the Journalists Responsiblep. 239
Formalizing Responsibilityp. 251
The Press and Public Opinionp. 259
'I Have a List of Communists ...'p. 265
Free Expression and Suppressionp. 279
Some Theoretical Concerns in Defining the Limits
The First Amendment: An Absolute Rightp. 303
Expression and Action: The Dividing Linep. 312
Bibliography (Chapters 1-33)p. 317
Communist and Socialist Theories of the Mediap. 323
Concepts of the Socialist Press: Selected Writingsp. 343
The Role of Mass Media in a Developed Societyp. 352
The New World Information Orderp. 361
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ISBN: 9780761819165
ISBN-10: 0761819169
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 381
Published: 28th January 2000
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.39  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.6