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By Dr Alan Allport, Jennifer Horner

A evaluation of the rights to self-expression & book within the mild of modern controversies. this article examines the 1st modification to the U.S. structure within the context of social networking & the explosion of electronic media.

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6 In recent years the focus has shifted to the role of public libraries. The 2000 Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that any library receiving federal funding must use an appropriate kind of blocking software to prevent minors from accessing obscene or pornographic online content. A lobby similar to that which opposed the CDA in 1996 has challenged CIPA, and in mid-2002 the issue still awaited a final decision by the Supreme Court. S. Justice Department, which is defending the Obscene Expression Should Not Be Protected 47 case, has been quick to point out.

Hate speech legislation is a clumsy and dangerous tool. The theory behind hate speech laws is tenuous, but what about their practical application? S. courts have frequently ruled that freedom of speech includes the right to dangerous beliefs. In Baumgartner v. United States (1944), the Supreme Court ruled that a naturalized German-American could not be stripped of his citizenship even though he had often made irresponsible remarks praising the Nazi regime. Justice Frankfurter argued that foolish and immoderate speech has a place in a democratic culture: One of the prerogatives of American citizenship is the right to criticize public men and measures — and that means not only informed and responsible criticism but the freedom to speak foolishly and without moderation.

S. courts have frequently ruled that freedom of speech includes the right to dangerous beliefs. In Baumgartner v. United States (1944), the Supreme Court ruled that a naturalized German-American could not be stripped of his citizenship even though he had often made irresponsible remarks praising the Nazi regime. Justice Frankfurter argued that foolish and immoderate speech has a place in a democratic culture: One of the prerogatives of American citizenship is the right to criticize public men and measures — and that means not only informed and responsible criticism but the freedom to speak foolishly and without moderation.

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