Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression by David S. Allen, Robert Jensen (Paperback, 1995)
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- DescriptionIn a society that prides itself on the most expansive legal guarantees of free speech in history, why are so many individuals and groups frustrated by the American system of freedom of expression? As the public sphere continues to be redefined by advances in techlogy, and new debates about this techlogy crop up daily, the time has come to move from reflexive discussions about the value of more speech to a detailed assessment of the real power and limits of speech. Why, this volume asks, does the First Amendment--the very document intended to ensure the freedom of U.S. citizens--need to be freed? And from what? Long an icon in American law, politics, and journalism, the First Amendment--and the potential and real dilemmas with which it presents us--have only recently begun to be scrutinized. Challenging the idea that the only champions of free speech are traditional liberal theorists who oppose alternatives to the mainstream interpretation of the First Amendment, the contributors to this volume, among them such prominent thinkers as Frederick Schauer, Owen Fiss, and Cass Sunstein, explore new and provocative ways to think about freedom of expression. By reformulating traditional liberal and libertarian approaches to the First Amendment, this volume convincingly disputes the tion that those who question an unwavering reliance on free- and-open competition between individuals to produce free expression are necessarily enemies of free speech. It argues instead that these alleged enemies can in fact be champions as well.
- Author BiographyA former journalist, David S. Allen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Illinois State University, where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of First Amendment law and media ethics. Also a former newspaper journalist, Robert Jensen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Texas, Austin, where he teaches and conducts research in media law and ethics, and feminist and lesbian/gay theory.
- Author(s)David S. Allen,Robert Jensen
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication31/10/1995
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight400 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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