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Net Neutrality may encompass Fairness Doctrine in 2010

Nymz (905908) writes | more than 5 years ago

The Media 2

After the Fairness Doctrine wall was torn down in the 1980s, free speech and outlets for it have flourished, providing people with more options for getting information than anytime in history. But some politicians have been reminiscing about the good old days when news only had a limited number of portals, and those few could have their license threatened if they displeased the wrong politician. While some news organizations have been willing toAfter the Fairness Doctrine wall was torn down in the 1980s, free speech and outlets for it have flourished, providing people with more options for getting information than anytime in history. But some politicians have been reminiscing about the good old days when news only had a limited number of portals, and those few could have their license threatened if they displeased the wrong politician. While some news organizations have been willing to keep silent in exchange for staying in business, others like FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell have been willing to speak out.

"I think it won't be called the Fairness Doctrine by folks who are promoting it. I think it will be called something else, and I think it'll be intertwined into the Net Neutrality debate." also "if you have government dictating content policy, which by the way is a big 1st Amendment problem, then whoever is in charge of government is going to determine what is fair." and "will websites, will bloggers have to give equal time, or equal space on their website to opposing views rather than letting the marketplace of ideas determine that." closing with "Stay tuned for 09 and 2010." video interview (2:04)

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2 comments

"Media" (2, Interesting)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 5 years ago | (#24585013)

I think the biggest problem has been the intertwining of news, opinion, and entertainment into a single "broadcast" which is based revenue streams instead of facts.

Re:"Media" (2, Interesting)

Nymz (905908) | more than 5 years ago | (#24585805)

Ya, the current system isn't perfect, but I'd still choose Slashdot (1% news, 2% entertainment, & 97% opinions) over government censored news any day.
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