Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Press Freedom

I heard this on Democracy Now this morning:

A new survey of high school students has found that one in three students feel that newspapers should get "government approval" of stories prior to publication. One third of students also said the press has "too much freedom." Jack Dvorak, director of the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington said the survey confirms that students are not learning enough about the First Amendment in school.

I think the remedy proposed by Dvorak is a bit simplistic and relies on a conception of "free" media and "free" communication that is itself unfree in a lot ways but 33% of U.S. high schoolers supporting fascist-style media is still disturbing.

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