Honors | The U.S., the First Amendment, and the Rest of the World
H204 | 0017 | H. Terry
4:00 5:15P MW TV 126
For more than 200 years, the United States has been protecting freedom
of expression and belief under the First Amendment to our
Constitution. Simultaneously, we have become a superpower dominant in
many areas including media and communication. The basic question of
this course is whether our unique approach to protecting freedom of
expression (especially freedom of the press) can survive two late 20th
/ early 21st century trends; (1) the development of globalized
communications networks like the Internet which easily spread U.S.
content around the world and (2) the growth of huge, transnational,
media corporations (for example, Rupert Murdoch=s NewsCorp) which, in
their quest to operate in many nations, may be tempted to compromise
protecting freedom of expression as the U.S. has defined it in order
to more easily enter the media markets of other nations.
Fundamentally, can the First Amendment as we have known it survive the
growth of transnational media companies and the emergence of
transnational media and transnational media law?
This course divides into four parts: (1) We will learn basic U.S.
principles of freedom of expression, understand how they emerged and
why they are considered crucial here. (2) We will consider
alternative historical and contemporary approaches to protecting
freedom of expression from around the world. (3) We will analyze the
growth, in the last three decades or so, of transnational media
corporations and the globalization of means of communication and
assess why these trends may threaten traditional U.S. approaches to
freedom of expression. (4) We will consider, as a contemporary case
study, what has happened in Hong Kong in the last few years as, with
the end of British rule and the reassertion of control by the Peoples
Republic of China (a huge media market targeted by all transnational
media empires), problems have arisen in developing approaches to
freedom of expression that are compatible with the British traditions
of Hong Kong, the media theories of the Peoples= Republic of China and
the interests of transnational media corporations.
Readings will come from traditional textbooks, academic and popular
journals and electronic sources. Many of the non-text materials
will be placed on eReserves. As an overview of the state of the
world, we will probably use Karin Deutxch Karlekar et. al., Freedom of
the Press 2003: A Global Survey of Media Independence (August, 2003).
It if turns out to be good, we will also use Cheung, Anne S..Y., Self
-Censorship and the Struggle for Press Freedom in Hong Kong which is
to be published in October 2003. The reading load for this course
should strike most as moderate B but you will be expected to do
additional research and reading on your own.
This is a small seminar, so active, informed, participation in
discussion is expected as is nearly-perfect course attendance.
Students will write two or three interrelated papers, there will be a
written midterm exam, and a written final exam that you will also
Adefend@ in a one-on-one meeting with the Professor. (Don=t worry.
I=ve done these before and, at least once they are over, students have
found them easier than anticipated and invaluable experiences).
The instructor, Herbert A. Terry, is an Associate Professor in the IU
Department of Telecommunications. He has worked, promoting non-
governmental media and the legal and economic systems necessary to
sustain them, in Russia, Latvia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia.
He is also the Director of the Global Village Living-Learning Center,
opening Fall, 2004 and will shamelessly attempt to recruit interested
students to join the Village and its residents next fall!