The Media and Violence: Needed – a Paradigm for Public Policy

Article by Peter Horsfield

In the past two years there have been three major investigations into violence in Australian society. Each of them are examining or have examined, to different extents, the role played by violence on the media. On 11th January, 1988 the Social Development Committee of the Victorian Parliament was requested by the Governor in Council "to …

The Political and Economic Conditions of Freedom of Information

Article by Dallas W. Smythe

An acceptable degree of freedom of information exists nowhere in the world today. Information is the basis of power. The structure of power is today not compatible with freedom for men and the care of the earth; rather it is the social organization by which men are denied freedom and the earth defiled. The technology …

Trends in World Communication

Article by Cees Hamelink

  CONTENTS 1. Introduction. 2. The trend towards digitization.         1. What is digitization?         2. Digitization: The Issues.             Privacy             Security.         Activity I. 3. The trend towards liberalization. 1. What is liberalization? 2. Liberalization: The Issues.      Universal Service.      Market access.      3. Activity II. 4. The trend towards consolidation. 4.1. What is consolidation? 4.2. Consolidation: The Issues. 4.2.1. …

Truth, Lies and the Media

Article by William F. Fore

Why when almost every major denomination on record opposed unilateral U.S. action in Iraq, did most people in the pews support it? In recent months researchers have begun to address that question by examining knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about involvement in Iraq. The findings reveal a deeply disturbing gap between the facts and the public’s …

Violence in Electronic Media and Film, a National Council of Churches Polity Statement

Article by National Council of Churches

Foreword We live in a climate of violence. Violence is everywhere: in city and suburb, in mean streets and quiet lanes, in private conversations and public media. Our society knows violence through abuse and rape, rising crime rates and diminished trust. We acknowledge that the climate of the psychological violence of words, as well as …

War on the Web

Article by Fred Strickert

During the Vietnam war, pictures of death and destruction filled our television screens. In the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict, pictures of terrorized children and suicide bombings have appeared on our computer screens. Anyone interested in following this conflict can log on to sites showing images of demonstrators on the West Bank or of stone-throwing youth facing …