Jon Stewart and John Stuart(mill)
These are two clips of opposing forces in the media, the point of this post is to not put forward a conservative or a liberal idea, and I Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart because they represent a very visible divide in the media (plus it made my title work).
What these two clips do show is the function of a very Millian marketplace of ideas at work, both men use Television as their main vehicle to portray their respective ideas, and in these clips they debate and seek to disprove the different idea. Yet, both ideas are allowed into the marketplace to be debated, and in are judged by others to test their validity. Yet the simple act of being able to put your idea out there is as close to an application of a libertarian society that we can take part in today. Yet what is interesting is even with the huge importance of Freed of Speech to us is that we still have some limits on what we can be put forward, especially on TV. For example no swearing, sex, or drugs can be shown on TV, I’m not saying this is good or bad, yet rather interesting that we can write about accepting all ideas and having the complete freedom, but it seems to me that is part of human nature to still want some control over the Marketplace of ideas. Also, another interesting aspect of this is the whole phenomenon of Wikileaks, which is provoking a storm of controversy globally. With a complete libertarian society the complete democratization of information would be possible, yet clearly this is not the case. The secret documents being released are provoking strong governmental responses, again based on the argument of some information should not be shared, especially documents of a sensitive nature. What is the right answer? should all information and ideas be available to all? I don’t think that there will ever be a right one. Overall, probably a somewhere in between no control and complete control over the marketplace of ideas is where we are now, and probably will continue as such in the future.