Mass Media in the Political and Legal Environment

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Mass media is considered by many to be a great influence in the United States. It can be influence in many aspects of one’s everyday life beyond the television or the internet. It can have an impact on one’s critical thinking skills in either negative or positive ways. It has the ability to be allowed to sway one’s emotions and even one’s reasoning skills. It clearly affects the way one communicates including changing the way the nation speaks such as with slang words. It also has the ability to change the ethical and moral compass of a nation, especially that of the United States. Last but not least, it has the ability to sway a nation with regards to the political and legal business environments. Currently, the political environment, the Obama Administration, is attempting to change, bend, or even circumvent the nations’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech through the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) with the guise of meeting the nation’s Critical Information Needs (CIN). The Obama Administration argues that this program is in the best interest of United States citizens based on what it considers to be critical information according to the Democratic political perspective. In April of 2013 Social Solutions International, Inc. was “tasked with the development of a research design that can be used to identify and understand the critical information needs (CINs) of the American public (with special emphasis on vulnerable/disadvantaged populations)” (Social Solutions International, Inc., 2013). One of the FCC’s premises for lobbying for the monitoring of American newsrooms is that it will “ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about "the process by which stories are selected" and how ... ... middle of paper ... ...g/free-speech-2/why-is-obama-administration-putting-government-monitors-in-newsrooms Halonen, D. (2001). FCC urged to monitor total hours of kids TV. Electronic Media, 20(39), 2. U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1 George Santayana (1905) Reason in Common Sense, p. 284, volume 1 of The Life of Reason Communications Act of 1934. Pub. L. 416. 48 Stat. 47 U.S.C. § 151. 19 Jun. 1934. Web. Hurwitz, Leon. "A Legislative History Of The Communications Act Of 1934 (Book)." Journal Of American History 77.4 (1991): 1469-1470. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. Federal Communications Commission (2011). Communications Act of 1934. Retrieved from http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Communications_Act_of_1934.html Clinton, W. J. (1996). Statement on passage of the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1995. Weekly Compilation Of Presidential Documents, 32(5), 144.
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