Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Chapter 3 Privacy and Public Knowledge

"Most provisions in the Bill of Rights restated rights that the English had enjoyed under the common law, but one element that grew specifically out of the Revolutionary era was Fourth Amendment: " The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by the Oath or affirmations, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized". The references to "papers" underlines the historical connection of the Fourth Amendment to freedom of expressions" (Starr, 94-95).

Paul Starr's The Creation of the Media. In Chapter 3 the Privacy Of Public Knowledge. He goes on speaking about the first Amendment's Rights and how it cannot be violated by the law. And how these Amendment was created to support people's right. However, in many cases this is does not apply. Many People do not have these simple rights. If you are in the comfort of your own home and decided to surf the net and see something about the government you do not like and decided to blog on. If under any circumstances you raise other people cheek and write disturbing information you will have the FBI knocking at your door. Although they would not be able to delete your blog you will indeed pay for what you wrote in the comfort of your own home. You are limited in things you are allowed to say the Right to Privacy is limited.


At 8:43 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quote and an interesting comment.

What evidence do you have for your claim that the FBI will come knocking on your door because of anti-government writings? Can you cite a specific case of this? Are you talking about criticism of the government or threats of violence?


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