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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

Media Law in the United States
Media law in the united states

How much freedom of expression is desirable? Should anyone be able to express anything at any time? Perhaps the English philosopher John Stuart Mill made one of the more eloquent statements supporting the freedom to air even the most repulsive ideas in 1859 in his work On Liberty. Mill says,

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race, posterity as well as the existing generation…. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with ...

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