Henry Luce Funded The Hutchins Commission

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Chapter Seven A man named Henry Luce funded the Hutchins commission. This was created to keep the press responsible. It created five guidelines within society. Provide day to day information and be truthful about it within context, be something that can encourage discussion from all parties, represent all in and out groups, provide goals for the society around/make sure all can understand it, and lastly make sure everyone knows what happened that day in the news, meaning they should also be able to have access to it. The book says it has a flaw, though, not paying attention to economics in modern forms of media. One reason is because big companies were on the rise when the commission happened. Another is that it was believed by creators to…show more content…
If they are owned within an entity of parent companies who will benefit or be harmed from information, who controls the information? Who watches companies new to the game, like Facebook, who is ready to publish it’s own news? The reason for the social responsibility theory was to help those who did not have access to information for citizenship. But, today there is more un-filtered data than anything, and a person trying to access this might not be able to tell if it’s true or not. Something that has happened recently is that large companies control for information is popular, and ‘in the now’ of wants and needs. Americans do not want the government to take action against the companies, and it itself has been leery to do so. In Europe, though, broadcasting is covered in taxes and so is newspaper…show more content…
The public can now have a say in what they see, and this differs from ‘old guard newsrooms.’ Liquid journalism is intertwined, being a very fluctuating version. Generalizations do not seem to be the same words one would associate a journalist with. TV was free, but now people pay for in time and money. They are constantly looking for profit centers. Antitrust rulings keep companies from owning too much, and the companies are no longer stopped from syndicating by fin-syn. Buying smaller channels is a way for bigger companies to make money, too. CBS and NBC were the first two major companies for broadcasting. The FCC limits the sizes of conglomerates, questioned by the NRA. Critics argue that owning so much of each media type (radio, tv, newspaper) decreases competition of
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