“In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.”
– John Perry Barlow
To live in America is to have certain rights. Rights that the government cannot take away. One specific right is to be found in the First Amendment. The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Some say that our First Amendment rights are the king of all our rights. I must agree in this situation, especially in the case of the press.
The press is there to keep the American public informed on the happenings going on in their government or otherwise. The press offers criticisms to the government as well and can be used to keep the government in check. Oftentimes the government will infringe on those rights and periodically limits them. I believe they do this to try to keep the people from going into a massive panic. I also believe that this is a heavy infringement on our rights as Americans. The government should not try to control what the press says. When they do this, it puts our country a step closer to fascism and communism, two things that does not fit into the idea of the American dream. The American dream is not having a white picket fence yard, a nice house, a dog or cat, and a nuclear family. The American dream is freedom, Freedom to start from nothing and climb our way to the top, that is why people have been coming to this nation since it’s infancy. I oftentimes think to myself if the government does not do enough to keep our basic First Amendment right enough. All too often we see the government trying to silence the press, or in the case of our current president. President Donald Trump religiously disregards many respectable press outlets that do not agree with his views, calling them “fake news”. The government needs to take action and further protect the freedom of the press, even if the press does not always support it.
The government does not need to infringe on the freedom of the press because without it, it could possibly grant them more control and make us out to look like countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, and many others. Without this right it sets us one step closer to losing control of our government and puts us closer to a dictatorship, which would not be good for anyone.
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Tagged chapter 13, page 329, “Questioning the Media”