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Title:The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly Legacy
Format Type:Ebook
Author:David A. Copeland, Daniel Schorr
Publisher:Northwestern University Press
ISBN:0810123290
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Number of Pages:312
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The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly Legacy by David A. Copeland, Daniel Schorr

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly Legacy With the introduction of the printing press in England in a struggle over its control and its potential for interrupting power was joined The written word once the domain of the upper levels of society that controlled politics economics and religion could be seen passing into the hands of anyone throughout the social strata who wished to voice opinions on any topic of interest or importance How the advent of printing led to the idea of a free press is the story told by David Copeland in this book which traces a confrontation that began with issues of religion and gradually expanded into the realm of political freedom .

The rise of a free press was in many ways a legacy of the Reformation and Enlightenment Copeland describes a discourse centered on questions of religion a discussion that the government with all its religious authority could not suppress because of the belief that the ability to reason for oneself was God given In this account we see how the debate moved from religion to the purely political sphere and how through the increased use of the printing press it was opened to a multiplicity of voices and opinions Spanning nearly four centuries in Britain and America Copeland s book reveals how the tension between government control and the right to debate public affairs openly ultimately led to the idea of a free press in doing so it documents an intellectual development of unparalleled relevance and importance to the history of journalism

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