Who's to Know?: Information, the Media and Public Awareness

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This book examines the complex and important question of the public's right to know, tracing its origins and exploring its many ramifications in today's world. "Weiss marshals her facts and figures with authority. Who's to Know? should inject its readers with a healthy dose of skepticism about government and the media, and leave them with a strong desire to ensure free access to information." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Overview

This book examines the complex and important question of the public's right to know, tracing its origins and exploring its many ramifications in today's world. "Weiss marshals her facts and figures with authority. Who's to Know? should inject its readers with a healthy dose of skepticism about government and the media, and leave them with a strong desire to ensure free access to information." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Does the public have a right to know? Discusses factors that may interfere with that right and limit public knowledge, using examples from current events which dramatize the complex issues of media censorship.

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Gr 6 - 10-- Contrasting the control of information in countries such as China and South Africa with that in the United States, Weiss indicates that the democratic form of government and the Constitution offer no guarantee to Americans of the ``right to know.'' The suppression of news of the 1970 earthquake in China until 1988 was surpassed only by the report, also in 1988, that radioactive waste had been released in Ohio in 1951. In this case and at other times, governments invoke national security as a rationale to keep information from the public, and industry conspires with government. Weiss points to another alarming trend, the concentrated ownership of all forms of media, a factor that will further impede Americans' access to information. In addition to the regulated release of information, she points out, the media effectively colors news stories in line with the interests of corporate sponsors and produces docudramas, a suspicious melding of fact and fiction. Teenagers with an interest in this topic can use the current examples and citations as a basis of further exploration. The many unanswered questions Weiss raises will promote critical thinking. Well written and carefully researched, this title belongs in library collections so that a more active interest in this vital topic can be fostered in the next generation. --Nancy E. Curran, formerly at Charleston Junior High School , IL
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  • ISBN-13: 9780395497029
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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