Tag Archives: free speech

Is a Wedding Cake Free Speech? Or Is That Even The Question?

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, back when marriage equality was yet to be the law of the land in … Continue reading

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Bringing Julius Caesar Into The 21st Century

There’s been a big fuss over the last week over the New York Public Theater’s version of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” As you’ve no doubt heard, the play features a staging in the present day with a Caesar wearing a bright … Continue reading

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Election News in the News

There’s a lot of strange news about the upcoming election going on.  Here’s a sampling: Jay Rosen: Newspapers shouldn’t apologize for criticizing Trump Media critic and NYU professor Jay Rosen argues that newspapers that have been harsh in their reporting … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How can Fox maintain their journalistic reputation? WaPo conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin argues that Trump campaign gives commentators a challenge when it comes to responding to extreme spin. And she also wonders what Fox can do to maintain their journalistic reputation. … Continue reading

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“I need some muscle over here” – The rest of the story

Melissa Click, an assistant professor of communication at University of Missouri’s Department of Communication who became briefly last fall when she called for “some muscle” to help get rid of a student photographer and a videographer covering campus protests, has … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Post: Understanding Mizzou’s Melissa Click

The following is a guest blog post from Dr. Brian Steffen, professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Simpson College.  This was originally published on the Small Programs Interest Group (from AEJMC) listserv in slightly … Continue reading

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Mizzou Protests: Media Attention Is Not A Faucet You Can Turn Off And On

If you follow the same kind of people and media outlets on Twitter as I do, you’ve likely been overwhelmed with the firehose of news and opinions about the events at University of Missouri (Mizzou) over the last few days. … Continue reading

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Dealing Globally With Free Speech

I saw a fascinating series of Tweets this morning about the conflict between public safety, ethnic violence/civil wars, and free speech around the world – especially in Turkey and MENA (Middle East/North Africa).  I’m not able to come up with a good … Continue reading

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The Right to Free Speech According to XKCD

Nailed it….

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What happens when people get offended by pop culture stars?

In March of 2003, Natalie Maines of the popular country band The Dixie Chicks told a British concert audience: ““Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re … Continue reading

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