Download PDF by Michael A. Reid, Zaire Reid: A Short Walk in a Long Journey

By Michael A. Reid, Zaire Reid

ISBN-10: 1629148032

ISBN-13: 9781629148038

A brief stroll in an extended trip is a narrative approximately an American election observer's adventure within the 1994 South African election. This election marked the start of democracy in South Africa with the election of Nelson Mandela as president. a brief stroll in a protracted trip is a non-fictional narrative, rewritten 19 years later depending upon the copious notes taken through the event and brilliant thoughts. There are numerous climatic issues within the tale and the ultimate part is an research of ultra-modern South Africa, principally established upon learn performed through Goldman Sachs and UBS. The identify is a connection with Mandela's autobiography, lengthy stroll to Freedom.

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However, if we think of free speech as communicating with audiences that vary in the ways they can and will engage with what is said and written, we may find reasons to be more circumspect. JyllandsPosten could have communicated its entirely legitimate worries about self-censorship in ways that would have found resonance and respect, and been effective. Those who claimed that the cartoons were distressing to them and others could have used their energies to make sure that they were not more widely circulated: they did not need to pour petrol on the flames.

These liberal dilemmas perhaps reflect an underlying ambivalence in liberal thought about free speech. Liberals are often torn between aspirations to justify free speech as minimal, harmless and uncontroversial (that makes justification easier), and an incompatible belief that free speech matters because it is not minimal at all: the pen is mightier than the sword. This double vision is old and respectable. 17 Mill’s arguments for ‘rights of self-expression’ construe speech minimally as ‘merely self-regarding action’ (today we would probably speak of it as ‘merely self-affecting action’), but then he insists that freedom of speech is of the greatest importance.

Some start out from evaluating the organizational structures through which media get made; others start out from our evaluations of the things media institutions and individual media agents do and the implications for our wider media environment in an environment that in the past 15 years has expanded massively with the growth of the internet and countless new digital platforms. It is the second action-related question with which I am concerned in this chapter, and for which I use the term ‘media ethics’.

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