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media government
Debate Score:17
Total Votes:17
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 media (7)
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Axmeister(4319) pic

who has more power the government or the media?

let say the media rebelled against the government and they had a battle to see who could get the most of the public on their side.

the media control the tv in your living room, they can also put stuff on your computer.

the governmant control the police force and army

who will win?

(for those of you who don't know what media means it's just the news and stuff)

(for thos of you who don't know who the government is your to ignorant to take part in this debate)


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1 point

The hypothetical situation in the topic makes no sense and will never happen, but in the real world the media has far more power. The government is constrained by the two party system and the various checks and balances, which are important but certainly slow the process down. The media can control what information reaches the public using anything from bias to misleading statements to outright lies. The media controls all the information flow in the United States, and thus controls the entire public attitude.

Side: Media
brycer2012(1002) Disputed
1 point

But the government controls the media.........................

Side: government
JGalt13(43) Disputed
1 point

in what way does the government control the media? I'm aware that various media sources have chained their identities to political parties, but I wouldn't call that government control...

Side: Media

Media really depends on what kind of media.

FCC does regulate radio and telecommunications, but as for print media, read the First Amendment to the Constitution under the third clause, abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;

However, there is controversy that the FCC oversteps its authority over free speech with censorship on TV and radio.

Side: Media

The media, who put Obama in power? Oprah. The media dictates everything you do. Who defines who is beautiful? The media. The government has little power to control what happens, the Supreme Court gave away the governments right to power. Recent campaign contribution limits removed by the only power that could regulate their influence.

Where there is wealth, propaganda and bullshit is destined to follow.

Side: Media
GabrielSyme(2) Disputed
1 point

To answer the question of "Thewayitis" I would ask you to consider this, that the media is forced to make certain concessions to the "government" in so much as the FCC oversees telecommunications. The Supreme Court has given away nothing that cannot be easily taken back, and the influence you speak of is negligible, as many individuals do not even watch the news, except in the interim between prime time television and the Tonight Show. Those responsible for "putting" Barack Obama in the White House were the same people you see day to day, American Voters. I grant you that when persons of some substance give their support to a candidate, such as Oprah did with Obama, followers of that person do follow their "role model's" recommendation. That isn't the fault of the media, that is simply the American Voter's expression of their freedom to follow bad advice. We all do it from time to time, and I am being sincere, when I say that I have done it on many occasions.

One thing that should be kept in mind, when speaking of the FCC, Media and the Governments control thereof, is that media giants' main goal is to make money. The moment the government gets involved, the profits will undoubtedly disappear.

(I would like to add, that, though you wrote "is", I am quite sure you meant "are".)

Side: government
1 point

the media have large networks than can easily corrupt the minds of people, they can spread rumours very quickly

Side: media
3 points

The government allows the media to exist..........................

Side: government
3 points

The government can(and does) censor the media. The media cannot censor the government. Government wins.

Side: government
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

Larry Flint has won several legal cases that say other-wise.

Side: Media