تأثير وسائل الأعلام في الديمقراطية الأمريكية THE IMPACT OF THE MEDIA ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

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2005-01-13
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إياد محسن سليمان الدجاني
Ayad Muhsen Sulieman Dajani
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AL-Quds University
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The media industry is one of the largest private sector employers in the United States, and the news media make up the largest segment of that industry. Generating information, not just delivering it, is a growth business in the United States. The American news business used to be a largely domestic enterprise, but no longer. The American news industry is a developed participant in the American culture, as well as in the democratic political system and its free market economy. The impact of the media has been most spectacular in the democratic political systems. The media could help expand the reach of democratic ideals thus the issue is to make the right decisions to head in that direction. The media is a useful tool that will lead nations to make the right decision in that direction. This research focuses on the impact of the media on the American democracy and portrays the American media experience in promoting democracy. It analyzes the power of the media to break down hierarchical power structures, to enhance freedom of the individual, to increase voter participation, to produce informed decision makers who are more responsive to the desires of the citizenry. This research studies the constitutional protection of American Media as a free press guaranteed in the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press….” The Fourteenth Amendment, added to the Constitution in 1868, has been interpreted to apply that protection of freedom of expression to every governmental body, from Congress to local government boards; from that we can now know that the media went as a free media under the protection of the First Amendment of the American Constitution.
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الدراسات الاقليمية, Regional Studies
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