Mass Media Censorship In The United States

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The 1st Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances (Campbell, Martin, Fabos, 2014). Practicing your right to freedom of speech becomes difficult when obstacles such as place, time, and manner limitations of free speech are present, which is also known as censorship. Our 1st amendment is being exercised every single day by the fortunate citizens of the United States of America while it is also being challenged everyday by its own government. The government and police force take negative action towards…show more content…
Building a sense of direction in life and a personal identity is difficult when society and media creates unrealistic models on how to live life, how to learn, and how to think. Media manipulation a constantly around us and needs to be treated as a problem. Media Literacy means attaining an understanding of mass media and how they construct meaning- requires a critical process that takes one through the steps of description, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and engagement (Campbell, Martin, Fabos, 2014). Media is often thought of in broad terms, but it’s known that six corporations owns 90% of media. The six media companies are The Walt Disney Corporation, Comcast, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS Corporation, and News-Corp (Lutz,2012). The Telecommunication Act of 1996 substantially changed the rules concerning ownership of the public airwaves because the FCC eliminated most ownership restrictions on radio (Campbell, Martin, Fabos, 2014). The Act in which overhauled the nation’s communications regulations, most regional and long-distance phone companies and cable operators, competed against one another to provide connections to the Internet. It is amazing and frightening at the same time to know that these six corporations will continue to dominant 90% of everything an American citizen hears, sees, and considers meaningful. When corporations’ turn into an oligopoly, corporations lose the original purpose for news, which is to inform the public with facts and the act of informing and telling the truth is determined by money. These corporations are more focused on what media gets them more viewers and money Media corporations distract the public by reporting news cycles that constantly switch every day and bombard the public with excessive coverage of absurdity news. These corporations cut out contrasting educated opinions, newsrooms, and
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