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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

First Amendment Freedom: On the Front Line of Oligopolies

The research paper focuses on the growing power of media oligopolies and how it's encroachment on the foundational first amendment freedoms of the people of America compromises the democratic process. The strength and stability of a democratic society directly correlates to the flow and purality of information that is disseminated in an uncensored and varied manner. Within the paper, a review of the current climate of media ownership is examined, historical and current authorities are cited and plausible recommendations are suggested to achieve a more public, fair and balanced media system. The framework of the writing is set within the context of the ramifications of the signing and implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Presenter: Phyllisa McEwen (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 216 Holmes
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)