Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television, & the First Amendment

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Macmillan, Apr 30, 1996 - Law - 242 pages
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Winner of the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association

Two well-known experts-Newton N. Minow is a former chairperson of the FCC-suggest bold new ways to think about television and its influence on American life and, most urgently, on American children. The authors argue that to defend an unrestricted freedom to broadcast by invoking the First Ammendent is an improper use of constitutional principle. They remind us that broadcasters are required by law to serve the public interest, and that the Supreme Court and Congress have affirmed that service to children is a broadcaster's legal obligation.

 

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ABANDONED IN THE WASTELAND: Children, Television, and the First Amendment

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A rousing if slightly canned diatribe against commercial children's television, by a former FCC chairman and broadcasting executive. In 1961, Minow made headlines by chiding broadcasters for turning ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Newton N Minow
3
Strangers in the House
17
Whence the Stranger? The Elusive Public Interest
58
Children Television and the First Amendment
105
The Next Generation and the Age of SuperTube
137
Changing the Way We Think
152
A Bill for Childrens Telecommunications
177
The Wasteland Speeches 1961 and 1991
185
Notes
209
Index
225
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