Friday, December 18, 2009

The Information Control Debate

I'm all for free speech, freedom of the press, and the general idea that you can express your thoughts as long that it is respectful to those that you disagree with. But is government control of the media going too far or not far enough? While every business in some manner needs to follow government guidelines, the media is a unique beast. Their product is information and how they present that information may or may not persuade viewers to act.

Government control in the media in the UK, for example, has been studied and deemed that with its rapidly growing outreach through convergence of different outlets, better government control would be deemed appropriate. So should the media in the United States also be reigned in to a degree? I know that many stations have their weaknesses. I'm a news junkie and I get frustrated with 24-hour news stations that report things as soon as they happen, speculate so that their opinion could be misconstrued as the truth, then retract what they have said a few hours later when all the facts are in. I have also seen specific media outlets with a purposeful political agenda -- for both sides of the American political spectrum.

I guess that we will just have to wait and see if more government control is necessary for media outlets overseas and at home. If it proves to be true, it may open the world of media to significant contributions to society as medical studies and other leaps in science have been created.

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