Thursday, February 12, 2009

War of Independence

" A common view holds that the American Revolution was not a genuine revolution but only a political revolt, a mere war of independence that failed to make deep changes in society." This quote is from Paul Starr's The Creation of the Media on page62 from the second chapter. To me this means that the people were not fighting for psychical freedom because they already had that, but they wanted to be mindfully free from the government. The government had total control of their lives. They had to watch what they said or else they could be harshly penalized. The people felt that this needed to change, so that is how it became more of a political revolt than a genuine revolution. The war may not have been as successful as they would have liked to be, but it was a stepping stone in the foundation for the changes to come. Shortly after these rebellions away from England, the colonies were able to unite and come up with techniques to solving the problems about freedom of speech. In my opinion this was a necessary step in order for us to become the great country that we are today.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

The "common view" that Starr is disussing here is that the American revolution was not a true revolution because it only freed us from British control and so was really a war of independence from external imperial control and not a social, political, or economic transformation of American society itself. Most of the colonial elite remained at the top of society (except for those who sided with the British.) What does all this mean in relation to the mass media?

Also, I do not understand what you mean by "psychical freedom" or what being "mindfully free" means. Can you restate this in a different way?


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