Did the Founding Fathers Have Mass-Media in Mind with 'Freedom of Speech'?

@mythociate (15621)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 30, 2013 9:52am CST
You'll recall that the Founding Fathers 'got their message out' largely by "writing each other letters" (although I imagine they also had 'town criers,' maybe crude 'newspapers,' preachers at churches & public-address audiences at rallies-etc.---and Paul Revere ("The British are coming! The British are coming!")). But did they ever think people would be able to get whatever little opinions they had out into the public mind as instantaneously as it's possible today? If they had imagined that, don't you think they would've 'drawn the line' WAY before the way some people blame the actions of tons of "free-minded" people on the one-or-two people in charge of that area?
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@flowerchilde (12518)
• United States
30 Apr 13
Who gets to draw the lines?
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@mythociate (15621)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2 May 13
It's like with the 'Holy Rules' ('commandments of G*d,' 'truth-tellings of Jesus (my favorite "Buddha"),' whatever you call them): they are "decided" in the mind of whoever writes them down & -"agreed upon" by everyone who reads them & passes them on without argument!
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
1 May 13
I don't really think they had mass media as we know it today in mind, because people in the 1700's could never have imagined the technological advances we enjoy today. As you stated, there were a few early versions of newspapers around, but slow delivery methods likely made it hard to broadcast national news quickly accurately. Your assessment that the 'Freedom of Speech' referred to in the first amendment personal writings and public speeches is likely very accurate.
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