The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Youth favours government control of the press
Not even Bush goes quite so far.
The ombud at the Oregonian marks Sunshine Week with a straw poll of high-schoolers which match the disturbing findings of a Knight Foundation report (PDF) of January:
about one-third of students disagreed with full freedom of the press -- twice the rate of adult readers
(The Knight survey found (p6a) that with the question
Newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of storiesonly 51% of high-schoolers polled were in agreement .)
Unfortunately, the Knight study provides no longitudinal information, that I can see. Are these numbers more or less pro-censorship than, say, during the post-war Red Scare; or at the height of the movement against the Vietnam War?
Why should teenagers - a stage in life noted for antipathy to curbs on personal freedom - be more supportive of repression than their parents? Were said parents equally authoritarian-friendly when they were their children's age?
(Perhaps an actual reading of the report - which I'd ducked altogether first time around - may have some answers.)
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