Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open A Free Press for a New Century

ISBN-10: 019530439X
ISBN-13: 9780195304398
Edition: 2010
Authors: Lee C. Bollinger
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/14/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Lee Bollinger is one of our foremost experts on the First Amendment--both an erudite scholar and elegant advocate. In this sweeping account, he explores the troubled history of a free press in America and looks toward the challenges ahead. The first amendment guaranteed freedom of the press in seemingly clear terms. However, over the course of American history, Bollinger notes, the idea of press freedom has evolved, in response to social, political, technological, and legal changes. It was not until the twentieth century that freedom of the press came to be understood as guaranteeing an "uninhibited, robust and wide-open" public discourse. But even during the twentieth century, government continually tried to erect barriers: the sedition laws of World War One, the use of libel law, the Pentagon Papers case, and efforts to limit press access to information. Bollinger sheds light on this history and explores the meaning of freedom of the press in our globalized, internet-dominated era. We have now entered uncharted territory. What does press freedom mean when our news outlets can instantaneously disseminate information throughout the world? When foreign media have immediate access to the American market? Bollinger stresses that even though the law will surely evolve in the coming years, we must maintain our commitment to a press that is "uninhibited, robust, and wide-open." Our press freedom remains the envy of the world, but it will require renewed efforts to defend it in the face of emerging challenges by creating a global public forum suitable to an increasingly interconnected world. Journalism is more than just a business--it is vital to all of our civic goals. Part of Oxford's landmark Inalienable Rights series, this book will set the agenda for how we think about the press in the twenty-first century.

Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide Open
It is an experiment
Regardless of Frontiers
The Touchstone
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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