Should the Press be completely free?

Should the Press be completely free In a world which believes that every man should have the freedom of speaking whatever he or she wants to, it seems so important that the press be given complete freedom. Complete freedom here means that the press should not be interfered with in any way and that they should be allowed to publish just about anything that they wish to produce that would be importance and beneficial to public at large. The truth is that the press has been fighting for just this very freedom from the time it started. In some part of the world, the press seems to have more freedom than in other parts. For example, in communist countries, the press belongs to the state and can publish anything it likes, as long as it is on the side of the state and protects the state's interests. In other words, it is a mouthpiece of the state - nothing more. In most democratic countries the press has a certain measure of freedom. I can raise its voice against the government and in fact can belong wholly to an opposition party and attack the government of the day, as long as it keeps within the law. Herein lies the catch: It is the government which decides what the law is. If one follows this lien of argument, what may happen is that the press's freedom can be curbed by just passing new laws. This is possible in a country where the ruling party is very powerful and

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Why did the White chapel murders attract so much attention in 1888?

In 1888, a series of murders occurred in which 5 prostitutes were brutally slaughtered; these horrific murders took place in Whitechapel in East London. These murders attracted the attention of the press, the public and even the Queen; all these years on the Whitechapel murderer known, as "Jack the Ripper" is still a well known myth. The Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention for many reasons. Whitechapel was a very poor district to be living in during the nineteenth century with a vast collection of evil slums. The area of Whitechapel was a notorious area of violence, and of course crowded at that time. Therefore, the murders were a great threat for the middle class residents as a result of the poor threatening to revolt; they wanted the murderer caught for their own safety, not for the benefit of the prostitutes involved. The majority of female Whitechapel residents were disrespected prostitutes and the East End became known as the home of the unemployed. The Ripper cases were seen as the first ever serial killer and so immediately attracted a lot of attention; during the 18th century serial murders were unheard of, no one had ever seen or heard about such violent and gruesome attacks so everyone wanted to know more. However, the main cause of so much attention towards the murderers was the press at the time. The murders coincided with the advent of tabloid

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Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention in 1888?

Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention in 1888? The Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention in 1888, due to a number of reasons, including the location of the murders, nature of crimes, nature of the victims and the role of the press. The location of the murders was a factor in why the ripper case received so much attention. Whitechapel is in the east end of London and in 1888 the MET estimated that there were 1200 prostitutes in Whitechapel. The press used the location, exaggerated the description of the area, making Whitechapel and the murders sound horrific and increasing the amount of attention the murders received. The public view of Whitechapel was seen as shocking and horrific by outsiders, the streets were stained with blood and excrement of animals, the people were filthy and lived on gin. The location of the murders attracted greater public attention than other areas of London, because of the press coverage and exaggeration, which made Whitechapel feared. Another reason could be that Whitechapel is a poor area and people didn't have anything to give, so what could Jack the ripper gain from murdering, this puzzled people making them more interested. The nature of the crimes also attracted more attention; all 5 women were killed by a slash from ear to ear. 3 of the five women had their skirts pulled up suggesting the murders were of

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Zygmunt Bauman. Bauman, in his book, highlights the most impossible thing, to find real meaning of the elimination process in both programs Big Brother and The Weakest Link. Baumans Dread of Death focuses only on the process of evicti

MZ1000 Introduction to Media Studies - Summary of conceptual reading Zygmunt Bauman was born in 1925, Poland. Bauman is one of the best known in the world sociologists and philosophers. His name is often mentioned as a principal creator of the concept of "post-modernism". Bauman is primarily author of works on contemporary culture, its characteristics and in its place. Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds and the University of Warsaw. His books are very popular in every country - 'Europe - an Unfinished Adventure', 'Liquid life', 'Liquid Modernity', 'Liquid Love: On the Frailty of Human Bonds', 'Liquid Fear', which I am going to summarise, to be accurate - 'Dread of Death' - the first chapter in the book. Bauman, in his book, highlights the most impossible thing, to find real meaning of the elimination process in both programs 'Big Brother' and 'The Weakest Link'. Bauman's 'Dread of Death' focuses only on the process of eviction, which is unavoidable, every contestant faces eviction. Bauman writes that every person is an individual and 'the whole point is that you do not need to do 'something' 'to deserve' the eviction' (Bauman 2006: 24). 'The Weakest Link' is a program in which the teamwork is an illusion. There is no teamwork and only one winner who can be anyone, even if a person is very good at the beginning and people think

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Coursework Assignment 1: Author Profile (Shani Mootoo) Shani MootooShani Mootoo was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1958 and raised in Trinidad. At age nineteen she migrated

Name: Keisha-Marina Bostic ID: 01750604 Course Code: E25M-Caribbean Women Writers Lecturer: Ms. Merle Hodge Coursework Assignment 1: Author Profile (Shani Mootoo) SHANI MOOTOO Shani Mootoo was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1958 and raised in Trinidad. At age nineteen she migrated to Canada where she earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1980. Thereafter, she began her career as a painter and video producer. She has had numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S and Canada, and her videos have been shown at a number of film festivals. Additionally, her paintings and photo-based works have been exhibited internationally at such places like the New York Museum of Modern Art. Shani said that she gravitated toward visual arts most of her life. A victim of child abuse, she was told to never speak of it, so she found it safer to express herself using pictures instead of words and described her art as "trying to find out what the purpose of life is, wondering why certain things that happened to me as a child could be permitted to happen, and why the universe would allow such a child to survive...it's about what to do with suffering."1 After finally acknowledging this experience of abuse, Shani was prompted to return to words, and wrote her first collection of short stories. Shani began her literary career with a collection of short

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How far should people's privacy be protected from the press?

How far should people's privacy be protected from the press? No one ever said that it would be easy to live the life of a celebrity yet many people take a route into fame without really thinking about the problems that come with it. Most "normal" people have a common belief that living in the public eye has more positive affects than negative ones. However, what they fail to take into account is the daily press intrusion into what sometimes turns into a free-for-all. There are no set rules to being a celebrity, just like there are none for being a parent, but each person has learnt (or in some cases not) how to handle the press in their own way. Each star receives a varying amount of press attention in their life and usually music celebrities are more hounded than film personalities simply because they appear in added mediums separate from their music. Whereas a film star is in the actual movie and a select few interviews, musicians can be found on records, in music videos, in interviews, and at live performances and award shows. This increases the press intrusion into their lives. Generally, other celebrities - such as politicians - are not targeted as much because, at the end of the day, the newspapers and magazines want to sell their product and it tends to be the superstar content that makes it that added bit easier. I believe that when someone chooses to enter any

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Poor people.

Exp Writing 200 Poor people By reading the news last week I noticed many diferent attitudes toward poor people in some of the journals and magazines that I read. I noticed not only how journalist make reference to them, but also how almost all journalist of the most important written media of the country enjoy to write about poor people and their tragic situations. Maybe the reason is to attract more readers, but I personally think this is not a good attitude towards all this human beings that are just passing through difficult situations. One of the articles that I found was in the Boston Globe it was about a working class man (not so poor) that was killed while he was working, (for certain reasons he has climbing a tree and fell down) doing one of his jobs, and this was one of their paragraph where we can see how they refer to this man that was saving to buy his own house: "Morse, who owned his own landscaping business as well as working at the Home Deport store in Danvers, had been working on a new family home in Hamilton, and was only a month away from moving in, according to family members."1 Like this article I read many, who described situation of people that had a low paid job. That can only have the basic need, no luxuries at all in their lifes. They always refer to them with sorrow. While to the very poor people that they don't have nothing, to the one on the

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The content analysis, which I preformed, is based on twenty magazine articles.

Sarah Pinsonneault Dr. Marcia Kovitz Content Analysis Due date: November 5th, 2002 The content analysis, which I preformed, is based on twenty magazine articles. The magazine articles were taken from two types of magazine. The first type of magazine used are, paintball magazine's which are published in Europe. The second type of magazine used is published for the male audience in mind (Maxim, FHM, etc.). The magazine ads were printed in 2001 to 2002. The purpose of advertising is to convince people that products are of use to them in one way or another. If people agree, they will buy them. Magazines offer a number of unique appeals: the chance for readers to study the benefits of an advertised product or service at their leisure and the fact that print ads can be referred to again and again. Gender plays a vital role in the representation of the familiar, the desirable and the "real" in popular media culture. As an integral part of this culture, the world of advertising plugs into gender representations in particular and often very interesting ways in order to locate its products within the world as perceived by its intended viewers. Several famous Hollywood actresses and performers have been seen on many magazine covers displaying their nipples and cleavages. Breast exposures by famous women have been used to get people's attention and ultimately, to persuade

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Discussing slogans.

" Our point is to give you the best." This advertisement use a slogan with a pun technique on point. It use picture to highlight the sentence which is eye catching and original. This is the advertisement for the insurance company which give the viewer secure feeling. The target audience is adult and people who have family. I would place this advertisement in business newspaper and magazine. " World cruise $7.25" This is the advertisement for newspaper .It use graphological trick and clever use of language. This advertisement use visual image which is eyes catching. The target is newspaper readers. I would place this advertisement in billboard and poster because it is easy to see. " Sorry, No McDonalds" This advertisement use minor sentence, stress , colloquialism technique. It use easy slogan. It also make people think about holiday. The target is high income people. I would place this advertisement in high quality magazine or billboard. "IN CASE OF EMERGENCY" This advertisement is the advertise of Hershey chocolate. It use Colloquialism technique , Graphological thick. It means that when there's a problem this can save you. After you eat this you will be happy. The target is everyone especially women. I would place this in Billboard or poster because people can read it quickly. "One of our best ideas is a lot of hot air" This is an advertisement for heater.

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Media perceptions of the Third World - Image or Reality?

Media perceptions of the Third World - Image or Reality? Communication is an essential part of everyday life, it is the root cause of social activity. Recently the mass media, for example, the radio, television, books and newspapers, has become an important channel for communication, through the developments made in modern technology. The mass media though, is often seen as one-sided, hard hitting and insensitive, where the content is selected with a profit making motive. Modern society is influenced by and acts upon media transmissions; it helps to generate a collective conscious. The notion of the media being a neutral commentator can be rejected, rather news is selected and transmitted in a framework pre-determined by the communicator who scans the environment for information and selects what he believes will be of interest to the audience; in other words, information that at the end of the process will be profit making. In the light of this, is information transmitted a true, accurate and unbiased opinion of the issue in question, or is it in fact distorted, so the final article is a tradeable commodity? Our images reflect those of the media, thus are our images of the Third World accurate or are they in fact images of merely one aspect of the Third World - a negative aspect? Is the Third World purely about famines in Ethiopia and the Sudan, floods in Bangladesh,

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