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There is arguably no arena more contentious in the battle over intellectual freedom (IF) than the public library. When confronted with challenges like censorship and policy disputes, public librarians and paraprofessionals need reliable how-to guidance, and Pinnell-Stephens offers exactly that in this valuable resource. Chock-full of case studies, real-life examples, and hypothetical scenarios, this book provides An easy and thoroughly engaging way to introduce new employees to basic IF concepts Incisive analysis of how IF plays out in the world of public libraries Practical advice on how to effectively handle intellectual freedom challenges Numerous sidebars, written by IF expert Deborah Caldwell-Stone, detailing copyright laws, statutes, past court cases, and sample policies A concise summary of what s at stake and how to react, Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library will prepare public library personnel to face the issues at hand.
No figure stands taller in the world of First Amendment law than Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. This is the first anthology of Justice Holmes's writings, speeches and opinions concerning freedom of expression. The book contains eight original essays designed to situate Holmes's works in historical and biographical context. The volume is enriched by extensive commentaries concerning its many entries, which consist of letters, speeches, book excerpts, articles, state court opinions and U.S. Supreme Court opinions. The edited materials - spanning Holmes's 1861-1864 service in the Civil War to his 1931 radio address to the nation - offer a unique view of the thoughts of the father of the modern First Amendment. The book's epilogue, which includes a major discovery about Holmes's impact on American statutory law, explores Holmes's free speech legacy. In the process, the reader comes to know Holmes and his jurisprudence of free speech as never before.
Media power is a crucial, although often taken for granted, concept. We assume, for example, that the media are 'powerful'; if they were not, why would there be so many controversies over the regulation, control and impact of communicative institutions and processes? Further, we assume that this 'power' is somehow problematic; audiences are often treated as highly susceptible to media influence and too much 'power' in the hands of one organization or individual is seen as risky and potentially dangerous. These concerns have been at the heart of recent controversies involving the relationships between media moguls and political elites, the consequences of phone hacking in the UK, and the emerging influence of social media as vital gatekeepers. Yet it is still not clear what we mean by media power or how effective it is. This book evaluates contrasting definitions of media power and looks at the key sites in which power is negotiated, concentrated and resisted - politically, technologically and economically. Combining an evaluation of both previous literature and new research, the book seeks to establish an understanding of media power which does justice to the complexities and contradictions of the contemporary social world. It will be important reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and activists alike.
WORLD WAR THREE. Doomsday is nigh if we don't reason. We are living in a world with a major divide. We have THE WEST and THE EAST. The dividing factor is the policies/governance driving each political divide. THE WEST comprises of United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany. Canada, Japan and the Scandinavian countries pull this direction. THE EAST comprises mainly of Russia and China. With them comes Middle East, Eastern Europe, Part of South America. THE WEST believes in democracy, capitalism and the tolerance that comes with it. THE EAST on their part spearhead communism which is more associated with dictatorship. Students as well as world leaders will find the information wholesome. The stand off between the US and Russia can be a precipice to a war that is likely to change the face of the planet earth forever. Doomsday is nigh with both the big boys having nuclear at their disposal. Other than political front, there are sensitive issues touching on violence against WOMEN, for example, women butchering though Female Genital Mutilation, Acid birth, Gang rape which are very real in the present day and accepted in some society captured in the book. In matter religion, Bible and Koran when misinterpreted has become like nuclear warhead. Also a question we try to avoid; Are we clinging to the God of Israel? Rich Britain history We tend to ignore, England oh England. In matter health, chronic diseases we are buying. We appeal for reason other than ego, for none of the two big boys can afford to lose in case of war.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...son wants to break off this habit, but is so infatu?ted and crazed that he cannot. When he gets in with his youthful companions he seems to lose all control over himself." There is a remedy required. The proper enforcement of the law can and will check this evil. If this be not soon done, society must give up the reins of government to the gamblers and criminals of the State. They are fast usurping a controlling influence. They are coining money from the masses, and they turn about and use their pilferings as a lash to secure the means for their nefarious schemes, and to perpetuate their infamous practices. A prosecuting officer who sees no harm in gambling and fraternizes with gamblers is not the proper one to administer the laws. That which healloweth, how can he condemn? With the winnings in his pocket, how shall such an one justly punish the one from whom he has won, or destroy the scheme that has brought him gain? These men, moreover, claim to be able to have their candidates appointed to office, and of course do not appoint a man who will enforce the laws. What they want and mean to have is non-interference. Business men, a clerk who frequents these places, and is brought under these seductive influences, is not to be trusted in office or store. The wild excitement that fires his brain will unman him. The things he would not do will he do. Your interests are jeopardized; your property stolen; you are impoverished in proportion as the gambler is enriched by your employes thus crazed. Let the laws be rigidly enforced. Wherein present laws are defective or weak, let Legislatures promptly amend and strengthen them. Then let the public arouse themselves and demand that these laws be vigorously enforced and the encroachments of this and kindred evils b...
The Founding Fathers wouldn t recognize America today. The God-given freedoms they championed in the Bill of Rights have been chipped away over the years by an ever-intrusive government bent on controlling all aspects of our lives in the name of safety and security. NSA wire-tapping and data collection is Orwellian in its scope. The TSA, BLM, and IRS are all jockeying for control of our lives. Warrantless searches are on the rise and even encouraged in some communities.Free speech, the right to bear arms, private property, and freedom of religion all are under attack. The Constitution has been tossed on the same trash pile as the Bible.
From traffic light cameras to phone tapping, from militarized police forces to targeting specific groups of people, the government is unfettered in its desire to control the American people. Police State USA chronicles how America got to the point of being a de facto police state and what led to an out-of-control government that increasingly ignores the constitution and exploits 9/11 security fears to justify spying on its citizens. Stunning new surveillance technology makes it easier to keep tabs on the people. The acquisition by police departments of major battlefield equipment emboldens officials to strong-arm those they should be protecting. The failure of the news media to uphold the rights of citizens sets the stage for this slippery slope. Police State USA tells how we might overcome and recapture our freedoms, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers."
Weapon: Mouth Adventures in the Free Speech Zone is a must read for those who enjoy the nonfiction genre of political satire. This is a unique look at the life and times of one of America's last open air speakers, Stoney Burke. Not quite an autobiography, but a long way from false fiction, Stoney writes a story filled with humor and heroics that only a man in a clown suit and the first amendment in his heart could muster up. From his youth in Michigan scraping racial slurs off the sidewalk in front of his house, to confrontational realities, to his hilarious presidential platfroms, it's a page turner. From Paul Krassners foreword to Stoney's take on Occupy, a gold mine of wit and wisdom is unearthed. This is a book that anyone to left of the Democrats can appreciate. Weapon: Mouth is filled with original art work, deep water musings, tales of arrests, and personal triumph culled from over 35 years of street performing and clowning. Stoney takes us on an adventure between the lines of the first amendment, where the faint of heart dare not tread. ABOUT THE AUTHOR When not revealing truth to power, Stoney Burke has supported himself in a variety of occupations, from cab driver to big screen movie actor. He currently divides his time between Michigan and the S.F. Bay area.
As governments actively collect and analyse more information about their populations than ever before, citizens struggle to defend their privacy and determine which state secrets are legitimate and which are not. Jurisdictional complexity, the inability of representatives to gain access to relevant information, citizens' relative lack of expertise, and the partisanship that exists between different government agencies make oversight difficult. Secrets and Democracy considers afresh the role that secrets play within liberal democracies and the impact this has on the public's 'right to know, ' the individual's 'right to privacy, ' and the government's penchant for secrecy and data collection. Now, perhaps more than ever, secrecy (and the disclosure of secrets) is in the public eye thanks to the phenomenon of WikiLeaks. However, this book places WikiLeaks in the context of centuries-old discussion of the necessity of secrecy, as well as contemporary debate concerning the relative merits of privacy, openness, transparency, and accountabilit
Rather than abstract philosophical discussion or yet another analysis of legal doctrine, Speech and Silence in American Law seeks to situate speech and silence, locating them in particular circumstances and contexts and asking how context matters in facilitating speech or demanding silence. To understand speech and silence we have to inquire into their social life and examine the occasions and practices that call them forth and that give them meaning. Among the questions addressed in this book are: who is authorized to speak? And what are the conditions that should be attached to the speaking subject? Are there occasions that call for speech and others that demand silence? What is the relationship between the speech act and the speaker? Taking these questions into account helps readers understand what compels speakers and what problems accompany speech without a known speaker, allowing us to assess how silence speaks and how speech renders the silent more knowable.
Michael realized that through the tough times that America has been facing, neither political party has the American people's needs as a priority. Our political parties only worry about their agendas and nothing more. Nothing is getting done in D.C., and "We the People" need to start holding our elected officials accountable. Our government has been talking about fixing our issues (immigration, education, taxes, Social Security, etc...) since the 80s. Not one thing is getting fixed. It is up to us, America; we need to hold our government accountable. United we stand; divided we fall. In From Welfare to the White House in 2016: America, Let's Put Our Politicians on Notice Michael Gudknecht explains some of the issues we are facing as a nation and gives a common-sense approach to putting these issues to rest forever.
In September 2013, the Goodreads book reviewing site, which had previously operated a strict policy of free speech, began censoring reviews. The reviewers fought back, and the conflict was soon being reported in the mainstream media. This is the story of what happened, told in the protesters' own words.
Freedom of expression is a fundamental right at the heart of any democratic society. It is, however, inevitably restricted by other important values, including the right to privacy: the control individuals exercise over their sensitive personal information. The English law, since the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998, has undergone a tectonic shift in its recognition of this right protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which the Act assimilated into domestic law. The new civil wrong, 'misuse of private information,' now affords greater protection to an individual's 'private and family life, home and correspondence.' The press is, of course, no longer the principal purveyor of news and information. The Internet offers abundant opportunities for the dissemination of news and opinions, including the publication of intimate, private facts. Social media, blogs, and other online sites are accessible to all. Indeed, the fragility of privacy online has led some to conclude that it is no longer capable of legal protection. This book examines the right of privacy from a legal, philosophical, and social perspective, tracing its genesis in the United States, through the development of the law of confidence, and its recent recognition by the Human Rights Act. The English courts have boldly sought to offer refuge from an increasingly intrusive media. Recent years have witnessed a deluge of civil suits by celebrities seeking to salvage what remains of their privacy. An extensive body of case law has appeared in many common law jurisdictions over the last decade, which shows no sign of abating. The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices, and ethics of the press, sparked by the hacking of telephones by newspapers, revealed a greater degree of media intrusion than was previously evident. Its conclusions and recommendations, particularly regarding the regulation of the media, are examined, as well as the various remedies available to victims of intrusion and unsolicited publicity. The law is locked in a struggle to reconcile privacy and free speech, in the face of relentless advances in technology. The manner in which courts in various jurisdictions have attempted to resolve this conflict is critically investigated, and the prospects for the protection of privacy are considered.
Although nudity is something that everyone has experience with, public nudity is still largely considered taboo. Public Nudity and the Rhetoric of the Body examines instances of public nudity where sexuality is at the forefront of public body display. It presents a range of case studies: the legal aspects of sexualized public nudity as it relates to communication theory and the First Amendment; the controversies surrounding the work of photographer Jock Sturges; the public performance art of Milo Moire; the topless protests of FEMEN; the social media activism of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy; the ritualized flashing during Mardi Gras in New Orleans; and the sexual displays of Folsom Street Fair, the largest leather pride festival. Taken together, these cases teach much about identity, self-determination, and sexuality, and illustrate the complicated rhetorical nature of the human body in the public sphere.
The evil of Sinisterism, the Secular Religion of the Lie, is incompatible with the Judeo- Christian moral and philosophical system. One consequence of this is that Sinisterists try to persuade us that history shows the wrongness of Judeo-Christianity. In fact, real history, which is often covered by layers of Sinisterist defamation, shows precisely the opposite. Bolshevik Sinisterism, for example, warred against Jews just as Nazi Sinisterism warred against Christianity. Ultimately in this world, we are offered a number of false gods and goddesses-prosperity, health, science and the like-but embracing these leads eventually to the surrender of our world to some incarnation of Sinisterism.
The ideological spectrum, with its notional "left" and "right," is simply an invention of those who would take our liberty, poison civic life with suspicion and hatred, and create a reality in which every aspect of life is "political." Nazis, Bolsheviks, Radical Islamists, Fascists, Japanese imperialists are exactly the same as what we today call the "left." A better word to describe these clones is "Sinisterist." The opposite of "Sinisterist" is not some mythical "right," but rather ordinary and decent people trying to live their lives in peace and freedom. Moving too far in the direction of individual liberty never leads to tyranny. Moving towards that odious incarnation of injustice known as "social justice" always leads to the horror of Sinisterism.
At the turn of the twentieth century, American journalists transmitted news across the country by telegraph. But what happened when these stories weren't true? In Bad News Travels Fast, Patrick C. File examines a series of libel cases by a handful of plaintiffs - including socialites, businessmen, and Annie Oakley - who sued newspapers across the country for republishing false newswire reports. Through these cases, File demonstrates how law and technology intertwined to influence debates about reputation, privacy, and the acceptable limits of journalism. This largely forgotten era in the development of American libel law provides crucial historical context for contemporary debates about the news media, public discourse, and the role of a free press. File argues that the legal thinking surrounding these cases laid the groundwork for the more friendly libel standards the press now enjoys and helped to establish today's regulations of press freedom amid the promise and peril of high-speed communication technology.
Over the past two decades, there have been a series of events that have brought into question the concept and practice of free expression. In this new book, Winston provides an account of the current state of freedom of expression in the western world. He analyses all the most pertinent cases of conflict during the last two decades - including the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the incident of the Danish cartoons and offended celebrities - examining cultural, legal and journalistic aspects of each case. "A Right to Offend" offers us a deeper understanding of the increasingly threatening environment in which free speech operates and is defended, as well as how it informs and is central to journalism practice and media freedom more generally. It is important reading for all those interested in freedom of expression in the twenty-first century.
America's Free Speech is under systematic assault. President Obama himself is the Serial Abuser-in-Chief, and his assault is being conducted on many fronts with a multitude of means, both overt and covert. The goal is no less than the minimization if not elimination of dissent from his top-down agenda. The First Amendment was never intended to be a social engineering project, but treating it as such is as natural to a Statist as any other governmentally dictated program. This book details Obama's War on America's most important political right.
Sex, Race, and Politics: Free Speech on Campus provides a highly entertaining and academic look at free speech and association issues on the college campus. The presentation of the legal material mixed in with humorous fact patterns makes analysis of the cutting edge campus speech issues enjoyable. Each section includes in-depth discussion questions to encourage a deeper engagement and understanding of the text. Readers will come away with a command of the free speech rights of students and teachers, as well as understanding the meaning and implications of sexual and racial laws as applied in the school setting.
" Keith Fink is a leading authority on harassment laws and free speech issues. He is an active trial lawyer, international speaker, and Professor at UCLA and Southwestern Law School. Professor Fink was a three-time National College Debate Champion while at UCLA. He is the founder of the law firm Fink & Steinberg which has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Macau. His practice focuses on Employment and Business Litigation. He speaks frequently on a variety of legal topics including the law on sexual harassment and is routinely retained to train on sexual harassment and investigate sexual harassment complaints.
Freedom Fighters: Struggles Instituting Black History in K-12 Education captures the ongoing struggle to implement multicultural curricula in schools. It details how African American students, caught in the vicious cycle of territorial fights, low test scores, and placed at risk for dropping out of school, experienced self-transformation through the study of Black History. Student leaders describe their experiences with a controversial Black history program that led to the removal of a teacher who used a critical pedagogical approach to teaching. Drawing from the theoretical constructs found in Afrocentric education, critical pedagogy, and multicultural education, this book introduces a new concept for educating African American students, coined critical Black pedagogy in education. Scholars and leaders, such as Elijah Muhammad, Carter G. Woodson, Paulo Freire, James Banks, and others provide compelling arguments that cogently describe the challenge of educating African American students for liberation. Students, teachers, educational leaders, and others will discover compelling reasons why students, educators and prospective educators need to be introduced to Black History. Using real world examples, this is an ideal book for courses on the foundations of education, multicultural education and critical pedagogy among others. Get a glimpse of how a leader like Malcolm X was educated to become a freedom fighter! Freedom Fighters: Struggles Instituting Black History in K-12 Education: Documents the origins of the Black Studies and multicultural education. Highlights the need for K-12 schools to institutionalize Black History from an Afrocentered perspective. Provides compelling examples of why educators need courses in critical multicultural education. Captures the student experiences of being exposed to Black History. Incorporates a new approach to Black education coined Critical Black Pedagogy in Education. Entails major aspects of multicultural education such as racism, knowledge construction, critical pedagogy, and religion. Recommends strategies for implementing Black History in K-12 education.
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