12 8 Psy Speech

12 8 Psy Speech - Justin Joseph Prof. Engle-Friedman...

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Justin Joseph Prof. Engle-Friedman 12/8/2005 Homework Chapter 6 1). How has the government been involved in controlling the content of speech? What separates the U.S. government from any other totalitarian regime is our right to speak freely and to promote diversity of ideas and programs. However, that doesn’t mean the government doesn’t play an influential role in intervention. The government restricts speech that invokes “fighting words.” Fighting words are words that contain offensive language that incites a fight by inflicting injury on the sensibilities of others and incites an immediate breach of peace. Also, the government restricts speech that is lewd, obscene, and profane. They also restrict slander and libel. 2). How has the Supreme Court decision making about hate speech evolved over the years? During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s a variety of board policies were policies were adopted for the punishment of abusive expression, the definition of which ranged from telling “inconsiderate jokes” to extreme forms of threatening and demeaning speech based on “race, religion, gender, handicap, ethnicity, national origin, or sexual orientation.” However, over the course of several years, the federal district courts rejected a number of these regulations on the ground of over breadth and vagueness. In my opinion, I think it was just silly for the government to place restrictions of ‘inconsiderate jokes’ because it makes our government look more like a totalitarian government than a democratic one. 3). What is the status of hate speech in the U.S. today? The status of hate speech today is that punishing hate speech is unconstitutional, so long as it does not directly cause harm or cause any serious harm. Although hate speech is viewed as unpopular by many, it is still a form of expression that is protected under the
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first amendment. A famous case that changed that status of hate speech was R.A.V. v. St. Paul. 4). Discuss the case of Cohen v. California. What is Justice Harlan’s view of hate speech? Discuss the psychological theorist we have discussed whose ideas best match Harlan’s
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PSY 3042 taught by Professor Engle-friedman during the Fall '05 term at CUNY Baruch.

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