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Freedom of Speech and Segmenting the Citizens
Unformatted Document Text:  ICA-10-10582 22 is exceptionally important or powerful, she has little chance of finding a legal remedy when her privacy is intruded (p.1234). Given these asymmetries in power, the purpose of this paper was to demonstrate that privacy ensures the protection of values that are of crucial importance to First Amendment and therefore to democracy. The first of such functions of privacy, other than its acting as a buffer against censure, is that it enables the individual to have access to information without being subject to the limitations of a marketer’s profile. In addition to enhancing the ability of individuals to have access to unbiased information, privacy also increases the likelihood that different groups will be exposed to the views of each other. The lack of such communication between different factions would lead to a decreased sharing of common concerns, increased within group homogeneity and greater animosity across groups. One of the most important consequences of such group polarization is a decrease in thin trust. The decrease in thin trust is likely to be most severe among those who have been excluded from the communication flow because of their limited strategic utility. In addition, this paper suggested that a certain segment of the population is likely to exclude themselves from interpersonal deliberation because of their awareness of the manipulative techniques used by corporations that are engaged in political advocacy. The paper referred to this concept as the Awareness Paradox. Several concerns about this concept still need to be discussed. First of all, there is a need to determine the extent to which this awareness leads to self exclusion. Second, there is a need to determine the extent to which levels of thin trust may vary as a function of contact with other groups. Third, there is a need to establish the causal direction of the relation between these first two factors. Fourth, and most critically, we need to explore the broad range of implications that flow from the operation of the Awareness Paradox. It should be clear that the increased marginalization of a group may have positive consequences as well. For example, this segment could assume an important

Authors: Popescu, Mihaela. and Baruh, Lemi.
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is exceptionally important or powerful, she has little chance of finding a legal remedy when
her privacy is intruded (p.1234).
Given these asymmetries in power, the purpose of this paper was to demonstrate that
privacy ensures the protection of values that are of crucial importance to First Amendment
and therefore to democracy. The first of such functions of privacy, other than its acting as a
buffer against censure, is that it enables the individual to have access to information without
being subject to the limitations of a marketer’s profile. In addition to enhancing the ability of
individuals to have access to unbiased information, privacy also increases the likelihood that
different groups will be exposed to the views of each other. The lack of such communication
between different factions would lead to a decreased sharing of common concerns, increased
within group homogeneity and greater animosity across groups.
One of the most important consequences of such group polarization is a decrease in
thin trust. The decrease in thin trust is likely to be most severe among those who have been
excluded from the communication flow because of their limited strategic utility. In addition,
this paper suggested that a certain segment of the population is likely to exclude themselves
from interpersonal deliberation because of their awareness of the manipulative techniques
used by corporations that are engaged in political advocacy. The paper referred to this
concept as the Awareness Paradox. Several concerns about this concept still need to be
discussed. First of all, there is a need to determine the extent to which this awareness leads to
self exclusion. Second, there is a need to determine the extent to which levels of thin trust
may vary as a function of contact with other groups. Third, there is a need to establish the
causal direction of the relation between these first two factors. Fourth, and most critically,
we need to explore the broad range of implications that flow from the operation of the
Awareness Paradox. It should be clear that the increased marginalization of a group may have
positive consequences as well. For example, this segment could assume an important


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