Unformatted text preview: present what it wants to, violent or not. EFFECTIVE: I agree with the editors of the Free Expression Network, who oppose censorship, when they say “the best response to hateful speech is still ‘more speech, not enforced silence’ ” (P. 9). This means that it is better to let people on all sides of an issue speak freely than to censor the speech of everyone so that no one will ever speak in a way that offends anyone else. Certainly, Americans are guaranteed the right of free speech under the Constitution, but it is more than just a legal right that is important here. If we are really to combat the misunderstandings that can lead to hate in our society we have to be able to hear, read and see the ideas of others. If we have this freedom we can then respond to these ideas. That is the importance of ‘more speech’ and why censorship is not the solution to violence or hate in our society....
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course ENG 209 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at S.F. State.
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