Free Speech - Troubling Examples

Free Speech - Troubling Examples - Is All Free Speech...

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Is All Free Speech Valuable? Is some of it Harmful? Six Examples Nazis March on Skokie In 1977 and 1978, Illinois Nazis of the National Socialist Party of America (derived from the American Nazi Party ) attempted to demonstrate their political existence with a march in Skokie — at the City's north western border — far from their south side headquarters. Originally, the NSPA had planned a political rally in Marquette Park , in the south side of Chicago , to which the City reacted against, first, by requiring the NSPA post an onerous public-safety-insurance bond, then, by banning all political demonstrations in Marquette Park. Seeking another free-speech political venue, the NSPA chose to march on Skokie. Given the many Holocaust survivors living in Skokie, the Village's Government thought the Nazi march would be politically provocative and socially disruptive, and refused the NSPA its permission. In the event, the American Civil Liberties Union interceded in behalf of the NSPA, in the case of the National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie , wherein an Illinois appeals court raised the injunction issued by a Cook County Circuit Court judge, ruling that the presence of the swastika, the Nazi emblem, would constitute deliberate provocation of the people of Skokie, however, the Court also ruled that Skokie's attorneys had failed to prove that either the Nazi uniform or their printed materials, alleged the Nazis intended to distribute, would incite violence. Moreover, because Chicago subsequently lifted its Marquette Park political demonstration ban, the NSPA ultimately held its rally in Chicago. In 1981, the attempted Illinois Nazi march on Skokie was dramatised in the television movie, Skokie . Juicy Campus: College gossip leaves the bathroom wall and  goes online By Richard Morgan Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Juicy Campus (JuicyCampus.com) cultivates and distributes gossip across a network of 59 college  campuses. Promising that all posts will be anonymous, it allows students to participate in a  collegiate version of celebrity gossip sites like TMZ.com and PerezHilton.com; it is a dorm bathroom  wall writ large, one that anyone with Internet access can read from and post to. For students who have been identified by name on Juicy Campus, the results can be devastating. In  a tearful phone conversation, a 21-year-old junior at Baylor who majors in public relations  recounted her experience when her name surfaced on the site in a discussion about the "biggest  slut" on campus.
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"I'm trying to get a job in business," she said. "The last thing I need or want is this kind of  maliciousness and lies about me out there on the Internet." Without registering, anyone can post to the site, where messages are tagged with keywords -  Harvard, spring break, overheard on campus - for easier in-site searching. Messages skew toward 
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2010 for the course PHIL 321-01 taught by Professor Matthewbrophy during the Spring '10 term at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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