Speech Rights in America
The First Amendment, Democracy, and the Media
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Series: The History of Communication
Table of Contents
The seeds for this book were planted at the former Annenberg Washington Program workshop in policy studies. A week of talks and presentations by Washington-based neoliberal and progressive communication-policy advocates impressed upon me the need to articulate a language and seek out a philosophy ...
1. The First Amendment and Communication in Democratic Societies
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” functions as the principle guarantor of speech rights in the United States. The First Amendment does not uphold all citizens’ claims to free speech, however. ...
2. Rethinking Speech Rights
Every interpretation of speech rights relies on ideas about democratic communication to give it meaning. But understandings of democratic communication are characterized by different, sometimes irreconcilable, visions of the role of communication in political and social life. ...
3. Social Mediation in Print and Broadcast Media
The Supreme Court established current law on the right to send and receive communication in print and broadcast within a brief five-year span. The determining cases came at the height of a grassroots citizens’ movement for media access. ...
4. The Right to Public Space
Democratic communication requires public spheres. In democratic societies, people need concrete sites where political discussion, debate, and deliberation take place. These are spaces where citizens can share their collective interests, engage in reasonable and responsible democratic decisionmaking, and send and receive communication that reflects their diverse experiences of the world. ...
5. Democratic Speech Rights on the Internet
Fundamentally, democratic communication requires the ability to send communication, to receive it, and to create public spaces for social mediation. These conditions are the foundation of democratic speech rights, or speech rights that serve democracies. ...
6. The Future of Democratic Communication
How our legal system interprets speech rights in the media has profound consequences for democratic communication. Simply having the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the protection of citizens’ speech rights. Rather, it is how the courts understand and apply the First Amendment that shapes the actual rights and realities ...