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Title: Assessing Competing Claims to Speak over Mass Media: The Priority of Audiences' Epistemic Claims
Authors: Miller, Erin Lynn
Advisors: Beitz, Charles R
Contributors: Politics Department
Keywords: Campaign finance
First Amendment
Freedom of speech
Mass media
Subjects: Political science
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: This dissertation makes three main theoretical interventions. The first is to reconstruct the value of the freedom of speech and how it is realized. I argue that speech acts can serve a variety of individual interests, and that speech is best promoted not by leaving all such acts unhindered but by establishing diverse speech forums in which all of these interests may be promoted in turn. The second is to reject common arguments that, in the forums of mass media in particular, speaker interests hold paramount moral significance. The third is to argue that the interests of moral priority in mass media are audience interests, and particularly interests in sound political judgment. I defend this latter claim against the challenge that audience interests in political equality, instead, should prevail. Finally, the dissertation applies this framework for thinking about our speech claims over mass media in order to offer several policy recommendations for alleviating threats to sound political judgment, focusing especially on campaign finance regulations.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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