Media & Communications Policy

Media & Communications Policy

Issues & Developments in the Realm of Communications and Media Policy & the First Amendment

Tag Archives: YouTube

Dropping George Will Is a Bad Way To Arrest That Subscriber Decline, Post-Dispatch

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech, Journalism, Media criticism, Publishing
Even as such things are becoming commonplace, the sacking of George Will’s syndicated column by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sets a new low in mainstream journalism’s race to the bottom. In case you’re unfamiliar with the situation, Will wrote a piece (“Colleges become the victims of progressivism”) in which he ridiculed, in the context of … Continue Reading

Google’s Impact on Journalism

Posted in Journalism, Media competition, Network Neutrality
The products and services offered by Google are well known and highly regarded. Every day, millions of consumers around the globe visit the company's search engine or sites like Google News or YouTube. And for this, the company's employees and (especially) its founders have been well compensated. But there's another side to Google that consumers know very little about. That is Google the corporation, and the effect its business practices are having on competitors, and most dramatically on the professional media, news and entertainment alike… Continue Reading

Free Speech and That YouTube Video

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech
In an age when, for many, political correctness (not to mention political opportunism) trumps free speech, one should be wary of assertions that specific kinds of speech have precipitated criminal conduct. We saw false claims like this in the case of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), when such as the New York Times’ … Continue Reading

Defending the First Amendment in the 21st Century

Posted in FCC, First Amendment, Free speech
By guest blogger HAROLD FURCHTGOTT-ROTH, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. On September 11 and the following days, violent mobs attacked Americans and American property in Cairo, Benghazi, and cities throughout the Middle East.  Americans were murdered.  Embassies were ransacked.  Americans in the region, and even … Continue Reading

Google and the Media

Posted in Media competition
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report, in June, that Google was about to be served with subpoenas as part of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into “whether the Internet giant has abused its dominance in Web-search advertising.”  If the FTC gets around to asking (under subpoena and in confidence) what … Continue Reading

Journalists, and the future of the media. Part II

Posted in Journalism
From Johannes Gutenberg to the dawn of the Internet, the press (or the media as we now call it) has been characterized by two things: It has been one-way, and it has flowed from the few to the many.  Comes now the Internet, where everyone’s a publisher/broadcaster, and all that has changed. As we’re seeing … Continue Reading