Re: ELECTION: problems/solutions

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 12:16:07 MST


>Isn't the notion of the "media" becoming obsolete in this day of
>user to user communications? I don't think we can usefully
>distinguish between the media and ordinary people, when anyone can
>publish and share his observations via the Internet.

The Internet is not primarily a broadcast media.

>I would not support banning discussion of elections by
>individuals. In the first place such a limitation would be almost
>impossible to enforce. In the second place it sets a precedent for
>further erosion of freedom of speech, one of the most important
>principles in guaranteeing freedom.

I'm not talking about banning discussion of elections by
individuals, just the broadcast media, and only for the duration of
voting. Enforcing should be easy.

>Ultimately the question is whether to try to limit the flow of
>information. It's true that people's behavior may change if they
>know more about what is going on, including how people are voting
>during the course of election day. But IMO we have to accept this
>kind of change.

It's trying to limit the negative effect of information during
voting hours only. Can you suggest a positive use for this flow?
During the voting hours only?

>Giving people more information will make many changes in society.
>Many of them are good, some of them are potentially bad (at least
>for some groups). We have to learn to live with a highly informed
>society, rather than fighting this change.

There a difference between information being used to inform, and
used to influence an outcome.

The fact that broadcast media is biased is a problem.


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