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1 Freedom of Speech: Government Regulation or Viewer Discretion? The media controls human thought, regardless of an individual’s morals or personal values, the media, in some way, shapes them. Currently, media content is loaded with anything and everything causing controversy to rise to its peak. Before his show was taken off-air, shock jock radio personality, Howard Stern, stated, “I’m about being funny. If I can make a joke using profanity, I will. But for the most part, that can get awfully old and boring. You’ve got to know, you’ve got to draw your own personal line. This is a new frontier.” Freedom of speech has been a problem in America for decades. What the first amendment protects and so on has been a controversial issue, and is brought up in court time and time again, still to this day. Are profane or offensive jokes appropriate or should they be banned? Choosing to protect that freedom or to allow the government to regulate it is the question. According to the Supreme Court, the First Amendment does not protect expression, including speech, which is “invidious private discrimination” (Volokh 251). In other words, the law does not guarantee absolute freedom, meaning discriminatory humiliation is different than mild profane or obscene jokes. The rights of the individuals must stand precedent to the rights of free speech (Volokh 245). Therefore, harassment laws have been proposed with the hopes of prohibiting harassment while maintaining free speech. Harassment laws are not meant to diminish freedom of speech, but rather suppress it by making it less profane and offensive.
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