Regulating Television

Michael O'Malley, Associate Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University

Assignment

You can now see some of the range of concerns television raised. Take the polls on the right and view the results, read the three documents, then consider the following questions.

1. Should TV broadcasting be entirely for profit, or should it serve "the public good?"

2. How would "public good" be defined?

3. Should the government act to restrict content, and if so, how?

4. Are your opinions the same as those of other who took the poll, or are you in the minority?

Updated | April 2004