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Chapter 7 Questions - Simon East

Chapter 7 Questions - Simon East

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Simon East  Media & Communications in Ministry  Semester 2 2010
Errington, W. & Miragliotta, N. (2007)
Media & Politics: An Introduction
. South Melbourne, Australia:Oxford University Press.
Chapter 7  Week 9  The Proscription and Prescription of MediaContent 
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What kinds of communications should be prohibited, and what criteriashould be used when making such determinations?
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learly, material that incites physical violence should face restrictions  as J.S. Mill said, Whilefree speech was an inalienable right, it could only remain so if it did not cause harm to others(p.119). But when it comes to emotional/psychological harm the boundaries are difficult todefine. This chapter opened my eyes to the difficulty in drawing a solid line in prohibitingcontent  theres so much grey area. Although the principles of the
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ode (seebelow) provide a great foundation for making such decisions, I would like to see betterprotection from emotional and psychological harm, but cannot currently see a clear way of defining it.
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o you think the criteria and principles combined in the ClassificationCode are reasonable?
The first principle Adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want initially causedme concern, because although that freedom sounds appealing in theory, in practice it could bequite damaging. Thankfully, the fourth principle brings some balance to the code: There is aneed to take account of community concerns about depictions that condone or incite violence,particularly sexual violence; and the portrayal of a person in a demeaning manner. Therefore,yes I think these principles are quite reasonable, helping provide a structure whereby freedom ispermitted as far as possible as long as it does not impede on the welfare of others.

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