ERIC Number: ED173806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The First Amendment Status of Advertising: A Possible Source of Conflict?
Huffman, John L.; Trauth, Denise M.
The United States Supreme Court has recently begun to establish the right of consumers to receive certain commercial information and the right of proprietors of information to disseminate it. Simultaneously, there is a movement under way by administrative lawmaking bodies, professional associations, and citizens' groups to place advertising under a number of restrictions in what is perceived as the best interest of society. While litigation aims at protecting commercial speech that conveys information about the price and nature of services and products, this movement intends to restrict or inhibit the advertising of certain products and services, especially over television. Broadcast advertising directed to young children, or for products containing saccharin, or promoting legal services are among those for which banning is being advocated by those who base their arguments on an increased awareness of the importance and influence of advertising in contemporary society. Conflict between these two opposing points of view might be forthcoming. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (62nd, Houston, Texas, August 5-8, 1979)