Monday, October 31, 2005


We discussed the Bush administration's effort to control the use of the
White House seal. Who owns the seal? Bush? The public? The government? But
who is the government? Can the seal be copyrighted? Absent a copyright,
how can its use by controlled or censored?

Blackboard notes of McChesney discussion:

Media inadequacies -- control, coverage decisions
McChesney design -- like bloggers -- no governent control
profit vs. news -- gossip vs. news -- people want to have fun
volume of news an issue vs. profit, too
is forcing issues "unprofessional?" or is stiring the post the obligation
of a journalist?

Bill Densmore, Visiting Lecturer
Berkshire Towers Room A71-L /
Tue/Thu 9:20-9:50 a.m. / and by appt.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North Adams MA 01247
413-663-5483 / CELL: 413-458-8001

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