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COM107—Political Media

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COM 107
Joe Hedger

COM107—Political Media, Media and Politics 12/10/2013 8:52:00 AM Freedom of Speech  Individual—right to be a dissenting voice  Interpersonal—ability to practice individual freedom of speech without infringing on someone else’s  Political Verbal attacks  Libel, slander  Differences between Private vs. Public Figures  Private—not necessarily a legal affair  ―The President is a Nazi‖ o Actual Malice, Opinion vs. Fair Comments Words of Others  Copyright vs. Public Domain  Plagiarism, Fair Use, Satire  Creative Commons Indecency Laws  Mae West (1937) – raunchy conversations with ventriloquist dummy  Topless Radio (1960s) – sex therapy radio with Dr. Ruth  George Carlin: 7 Words You Can’t Say on Television (1973)  Howard Stern (1990s) – ―Fart Man‖  Nipplegate (2004) – Janet Jackson at Superbowl  Value of the speaker carries the value of the world ―Broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive‖ (2010) What is ―Free Speech‖  Speech can cost you money—can lose job FIRST AMENDMENT Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. st th 1 vs. 6 Amendment  Freedom of Speech vs. Right to a fair and speedy trial  Gag orders-judge can say that press is not allowed to talk about trial  Impartial jury  Freedom of speech when it may harm the victim Student speech is not protected under the First Amendment Restrictions  Comstock Law
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