Four Theories of the Press

Four Theories of the Press

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Presented here are four major theories behind the functioning of the world's presses: (1) the Authoritarian theory, which developed in the late Renaissance and was based on the idea that truth is the product of a few wise men; (2) the Libertarian theory, which arose from the works of men like Milton, Locke, Mill, and Jefferson and avowed that the search for truth is one of man's natural rights; (3) the Social Responsibility theory of the modern day: equal radio and television time for political candidates, the obligations of the newspaper in a one-paper town, etc.; (4) the Soviet Communist theory, an expanded and more positive version of the old Authoritarian theory.a#39;a#39;Essays prepared in connection with a study of the social responsibilities of mass communicators, being conducted for the Department of the Church and Economic Life of the National Council of Churches.a#39;a#39;

Title:Four Theories of the Press
Author:Fred Seaton Siebert
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 1956


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