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I The Internet And Its Effects On Mass Media Law In the 17th and 18th centuries America went through what was known as the Industrial Revolution where Western culture as a whole went from using hand-tools to using machines that mass-produced the same items What once took a week to produce now took a day to produceKitano 1999 Now as we cross over into the 21st century we have entered what has been called The Information Revolution or the Information Age We live in a time where information is only a mouse-click away for a large portion of the country and the world Up until ten years ago people had to go to their local library or purchase an expensive encyclopedia set for their home just to obtain information Now information is free and easily accessible from the home Why pay five hundred dollars for an encyclopedia set when you can get on the Internet and obtain even more information for free Also within the past year Internet service to the home has become available free of charge through certain providers that subsidize their service through advertisements But with all these advantages there definitely has to be a flip side of the coin An old adage says that everything comes with a price and that is definitely true of the Internet The purpose of this paper is to discuss how this new technology has affected Mass Media Law and society as well For the sake of time and space I will give only a brief overview of each act bill or case that is presented so that I can focus more on the effects and implications of each With the Internet becoming more and more popular the world now faces many new legal and moral questions raised by this emerging technology I will address several of the more important of these questions including the following How do we keep indecent material
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