By Dr. Nnamdi T. Ekeanyanwu
Do media set agenda or do they build agenda? In other words, is news a reflection of people's sense of what has happened around them?
The so-called battle between Libertarianism and Social Responsibility is more philosophical than practical. For me, Libertarianism is what it should be and Social Responsibility is what we can have. Any freedom that is executed outside of any obligation or responsibility to society or even to an individual is not fit for human experience. Libertarianism is idealistic while Social Responsibility is pragmatic.
American freedom is based on the idea of tolerating what people hates.
I came up these ideas from my little jotter in the SUSI seminar sessions on "Ethics of Journalism in U.S.,"" The Role of the News Media in a Democracy," etc. What a revealing session for me!
SUSI is turning out to be one of the best things that is happening to me and my career in this century.
Dr. Nnamdi T. Ekeanyanwu
Director, International Office and Linkages
Covenant University, NIGERIA.
SUSI SCHOLAR 2011.