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Unpublished Paper
Regulating From Typewriters in an Internet Age: The Development & Regulation of Mass Media Usage In Presidential Campaigns
(2012)
  • Anthony J. King
Abstract

The American election process has become a misleading process of campaign promises and self-promotion, thus diluting its primary and most fundamental purpose. This discrepancy can be traced to three primary groups; (1) the candidates, who supplied the motive; (2) the mass media, who supplied the means; and (3) the electorate, who so far have allowed it to happen. Seeking to remedy the situation lawmakers have turned to regulations of the media in attempt to assure fairness and nurture the marketplace of ideas. These numerous attempts at fairness have been met with a mixed reception and mixed results leading to questions about the effectiveness of such measures and their unintended consequences. Through a detailed examination of the development of the relationships between the candidates, mass media and the electorate from the very first true campaign to modern day we can see the intricacies and perhaps the futility of such attempts regulations. Looking forward to the future it seems probable that the evolution of these relationships have just begun and any attempts to stifle this natural development should be approached with caution. Ultimately, it is, as it has always been, the electorate’s responsibility to assure the electoral process is well served by all parties.

Keywords
  • Election law,
  • Media,
  • Mass Media,
  • First Amendment,
  • Richard Nixon,
  • Barrack Obama,
  • Presidential Elections,
  • Internet Law,
  • Censorship,
  • First Amendment,
  • Marketplace of ideas,
  • John F. Kennedy,
  • Presidential Debate,
  • Ross Perot,
  • Television,
  • Polls,
  • Radio
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Anthony J. King. "Regulating From Typewriters in an Internet Age: The Development & Regulation of Mass Media Usage In Presidential Campaigns" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anthony_king/1/