The media and political violence

The Journal of Ethics 1 (2):187-202 (1997)
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The meanings of violence, political violence, and terrorism are briefly discussed. I then consider the responsibilities of the media, especially television, with respect to political violence, including such questions as how violence should be described, and whether the media should cover terrorism. I argue that the media should contribute to decreasing political violence through better coverage of arguments for and against political dissidents'' views, and especially through more and better treatment of nonviolent means of influencing political processes. Since commercial pressures routinely conflict with media responsibility, I argue that society should liberate substantial amounts of culture from such pressures.



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Virginia Held
CUNY Graduate Center

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Access, Enablement, and the First Amendment.Virginia Held - 1988 - In Diana T. Meyers & Kenneth Kipnis (eds.), Philosophical Dimensions of the Constitution. Westview Press. pp. 158--179.

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