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Speech Stories : How Free Can Speech Be? - Randall P. Bezanson

Speech Stories

How Free Can Speech Be?

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When we talk about what "freedom of speech" means in America, the discussion almost always centers on freedom rather than speech. Taking for granted that speech is an unambiguous and stable category, we move to considering how much freedom speech should enjoy. But, as Randall Bezanson demonstrates in "Speech Stories," speech is a much more complicated and dynamic notion than we often assume. In an age of rapidly accelerated changes in discourse combined with new technologies of communication, the boundaries and substance of what we traditionally deem speech are being reconfigured in novel and confusing ways.

In order to spark thought, discussion, and debate about these complexities and ambiguities, Bezanson probes the "stories" behind seven controversial free speech cases decided by the Supreme Court. These stories touch upon the most controversial and significant of contemporary first amendment issues: government restrictions on hate speech and obscene and indecent speech; pornography and the subordination of women; the constitutionality of campaign finance reform; and the treatment to be accorded new technologies of communication under the Constitution. The result is a provocative engagement of the reader in thinking about the puzzles and paradoxes of our commitment to free expression.

"Are they needed? To be sure. The Darwinian industry, industrious though it is, has failed to provide texts of more than a handful of Darwin's books. If you want to know what Darwin said about barnacles (still an essential reference to cirripedists, apart from any historical importance) you are forced to search shelves, or wait while someone does it for you; some have been in print for a century; various reprints have appeared and since vanished."
-Eric Korn, "Times Literary Supplement"

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Speakers
The Jacket (Cohen v. California)p. 7
Additional Readingp. 35
The Author (McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission)p. 37
Additional Readingp. 58
The Corporation and the Candidate (Austin v. Michigan State Chamber of Commerce)p. 59
Additional Readingp. 89
Speech and Conduct
The Burning Cross (R. A. V. v. St. Paul)p. 93
Additional Readingp. 112
The Artist: Carnal Knowledge as Art, Pornography as Subordination, and the V-Chip as Family Values (Jenkins v. Georgia)p. 115
Additional Readingp. 149
The Audience
The Pharmacist: Speech and Its Consumers (Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virgina Citizens Consumer Council)p. 155
Additional Readingp. 186
The Burning Flag: The Medium and the Message (Texas v. Johnson)p. 187
Additional Readingp. 205
Reminiscences: Reflections on Enduring First Amendment Questionsp. 207
Indexp. 215
About the Authorp. 221
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ISBN: 9780814713211
ISBN-10: 0814713211
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32