Today’S Major Media Platforms Are Defining And Developing

1365 WordsMar 30, 20176 Pages
Today’s major media platforms are defining and developing what constitutes the Internet’s version of free speech. As a new form of expression emerges through the use of social media platforms, policymakers must regulate the censorship of posted content while still protecting the integrity of the user’s First Amendment rights. Authors Marvin Ammori, Marjorie Heins, and Jonathan Zittrain engage in synergistic conversation of censorship by mega media platforms’ evolving terms and conditions and their effects on Internet users through the use of real-world examples, differing tones of voice, and individual angles of vision. Ammori’s article “The ‘New’ New York Times: Free Speech Lawyering in the Age of Google and Twitter” serves as the anchor…show more content…
By addressing these different acts, Heins succeeds at expanding on examples found in the anchor article. Furthermore, Both Ammori and Heins describe New York Times Co. v. Sullivan as a landmark case in the world of Internet censorship, but it is Heins who digs into the case’s weaknesses. Her grievances with the case, which include the need for protection against slanderous posts about public officials, are understandable, as the tone of her overall essay leans towards a criticizing view of the way different media websites censor what content users can search for and post. While the overall tone of each article varies between authors, one facet each article has in common is the use of first person pronouns. Ammori, Heins, and Zittrain did not shy away from first person pronouns, which helps make readers feel as though they are engaging in conversation with the authors. The use of first person pronouns also comes as a surprise for readers, as many academic conversations omit the use of first person pronouns in hopes of possibly sounding more intelligent. In fact, the use of first person pronouns between the three articles is not only more engaging for the reader but also makes the discussion between articles seem as though the authors are talking directly to each other. Furthermore, the three authors included a healthy mix of both short sentences that make points and contribute
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