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Violence As Obscenity

Author : Kevin W. Saunders
ISBN : UOM:39076001742597
Genre : Law
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This timely and accessible volume takes a fresh approach to a question of increasing public concern: whether or not the federal government should regulate media violence. In Violence as Obscenity, Kevin W. Saunders boldly calls into question the assumption that violent material is protected by the First Amendment. Citing a recognized exception to the First Amendment that allows for the regulation of obscene material, he seeks to expand the definition of obscenity to include explicit and offensive depictions of violence. Saunders examines the public debate on media violence, the arguments of professional and public interest groups urging governmental action, and the media and the ACLU’s desire for self-regulation. Citing research that links violence in the media to actual violence, Saunders argues that a present danger to public safety may be reduced by invoking the existing law on obscenity. Reviewing the justifications of that law, he finds that not only is the legal history relied on by the Supreme Court inadequate to distinguish violence from sex, but also many of the justifications apply more forcefully to instances of violence than to sexually explicit material that has been ruled obscene. Saunders also examines the actions that Congress, states, and municipalities have taken to regulate media violence as well as the legal limitations imposed on such regulations by the First Amendment protections given to speech and the press. In discussing the current operation of the obscenity exception and confronting the issue of censorship, he advocates adapting to the regulation of violent material the doctrine of variable obscenity, which applies a different standard for material aimed at youth, and the doctrine of indecency, which allows for federal regulation of broadcast material. Cogently and passionately argued, Violence as Obscenity will attract scholars of American constitutional law and mass communication, and general readers moved by current debates about media violence, regulation, and censorship.

Mass Media

Author : James B. Martin
ISBN : 1590332628
Genre : Reference
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Mass media has become an integral part of the human experience. News travels around the world in a split second affecting people in other countries in untold ways. Although being on top of the news may be good, at least for news junkies, mass media also transmits values or the lack thereof, condenses complex events and thoughts to simplified sound bites and often ignores the essence of an event or story. The selective bibliography gathers the books and magazine literature over the previous ten years while providing access through author, title and subject indexes.

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Impact Of Mass Media

Author : Ray Eldon Hiebert
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There can be no question that the media play an important role in our contemporary society. The fourth edition of Impact of Mass Media explores the issues surrounding the growing presence of mass media in our everyday lives by presenting arguments from contemporary leading thinkers, observers, and critics. This new edition features thought-provoking, new articles on topics such as diversity in the age of electronic news, global media giants, government secrecy, and the slow death of culture. By providing a balanced approach for examining the effects of media on current issues, Hiebert lets students decide for themselves how mass media can be manipulated and how mass media manipulate the public.

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Deciding Communication Law

Author : Susan Dente Ross
ISBN : 9780805846980
Genre : Law
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This advanced-level communication law text provides guided readings, introductory legal material, case reading lists, and questions to guide student reading, in addition to the cases. For graduate communication law courses in media and law programs.

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Selected Acquisitions Of The Library

Author : Indiana University, Bloomington. Law Library
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Cracking The Ap U S Government And Politics 2004 2005

Author : Tom Meltzer
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Provides techniques for achieving high scores on the AP U.S. government and politics exam and includes two full-length practice tests.

Head S Broadcasting In America

Author : Michael A. McGregor
ISBN : 9781317347927
Genre : Business & Economics
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After fifty years of market prominence and incredible demand from loyal users, Head’s Broadcasting in America’s tenth edition returns as the celebrated market leader in its field with its renowned treatment of electronic media as a social force and with a distinguished new author team from Sydney Head's legacy school, the University of Miami. Head’s Broadcasting in America distinguishes itself by presenting electronic media both as products of contemporary social forces and as social forces in their own right. This text will introduce you to the exciting changes taking place in electronic media. It will help you examine the emerging information infrastructure and the accelerating convergence of various electronic media forms. It will also help you explore the role electronic media plays in many academic areas, ranging from economics to law, from history to social science. You will find this industry more accessible as you experience broadcasting dually through the people and the products that have shaped the history of this medium and through your own experiences with broadcasting in your daily life.

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