First Amendment

In Mass Communication on November 20, 2009 at 6:07 am

This week, we are to interview six people, two from each of three age groups, and ask them these questions:

1) If Congress were considering the following law, would you approve it or not?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

2) Do you agree or disagree with the freedoms? Explain:

3) Which do you support, and which do you think are excessive or provide too much freedom?

4) Do you recognize this law?

I did not receive responses from everyone who I contacted, but the ones who did were:

  • Three females age 50 to 55, one client and two friends
  • Two females age 35 to 40, both are friends
  • One female age 22 who is a co-worker

All of the respondents would approve the “law” as stated. The age difference did not seem to form any kind of patterns in their answers. They all support the freedom we have in our country, two within the first group spoke quite passionately about it, the other interviewee from the first group and the two from the second group agreed that freedom sometimes break into violence and the government should have regulations in place to protect their citizens. All of my interviewees recognized that the “law” is the First Amendment, except one expressed that she did not understand what I meant.

I was not surprised about the answers that I received. The First Amendment was one of the most important laws of our country’s and most, if not all, people should recognize it. Two out of my six interviewees are married to members of government armed forces (a former Air Force member and a computer programmer at an Air Force base) and I expected them to be passionate about our freedom. I was correct on one of them and the other respondent sounded pleased with the freedom that we have here in our country, but was not quite as passionate as the other one.


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