Author: Sean

  • Protecting Freedom of Speech – Towards a Multi-Institutional Perspective

    After a review of the many legal challenges to freedom of expression throughout the history of the United States, it might generally be accepted that protections for freedom of expression should be upheld in society, without bias of favoritism. In order to present an idea that these protections may be advanced not only in the […]

  • Impacts of the Internet on Free Expression, a Very Short Survey

    Concepts of free expression have been evolving in the world, since at least the contributions of Plato to the institution of Western philosophy. Foucault provides a perspective about the historic meaning of free speech, as early as Ancient Greece – there addressing speech not only as an object of philosophical theory, but also for speech […]

  • Freedom of Expression and the Right to Protest – From Case Law to Ground Theory

    “While respect for the rights enshrined in the Constitution should, in theory, be nonpartisan, protest has long been and remains a fiercely political issue, particularly as a form of expression often wielded against those currently holding political power.” – PEN America, from Arresting Dissent. Concerning the exercise of freedom of expression in the United States, […]

  • Speech and the Courts – Some Views

    Towards developing an understanding about the role of the First Amendment in relation to the practice of free speech, in the United States, the proceedings of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) may serve as a primary form of reference – such as in cases where the court has articulated a legal position […]

  • Free Expression as Moral, Social, and Political Action – On Discovering Foucault

    As a undergraduate student of Communications, I’ve had an opportunity to see how communications theory is approached at a couple of different schools. Now studying under the Digital Media Literacy program (online) at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at Arizona State University, happily I’ve been introduced to the writings of Michel […]

  • Technology and the Design of Dystopia – The Expanse as a Cautionary Tale Within Civic Imagination

    “Dystopian media, like Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, take place in a world that is not only impossible, but undesirable. By showing us what we do not want to happen, it can help us think about how to prevent the real world from becoming like the story world.” – Lauren Levitt, in Divergent Fan Forums and […]

  • Reading about Media Literacy – Three Books

    Within formal studies of media literacy, a school library may provide access to an expansive range of literary resources. Literature services such as ProQuest and EBSCO would provide access to dissertations, academic articles, and published books. Schools and professional institutions may also provide access to book services such as O’Reilly learning (formerly Safari Books Online) […]

  • Ethics in Sport – Addressing Ethnic Stereotyping in Team Images and Fan Performances

    What ideals may be conveyed to the public through a medium of televised sports? When a team has adopted an ethnic stereotype as the team’s mascot, and when the public has forwarded the stereotype through conduct within the sports venue, where does the responsibility reside? Traditional theorists about sport ethics may have focused mainly on […]

  • Save the Library: Considering Bans on Books in the US, 2022

    “Attempts to politicize the public library are fundamentally undermining the ability for our society to function and must be treated as what they really are: attacks on democracy. The public library, civil society and democracy are intrinsically linked and removing one will erode the rest.” – Carsyn Fessenden for the Urban Libraries Council, in The […]

  • Fact-Checking the Reinvention of George Orwell: Reuters, Benedict Cooper, and Dorian Lynskey

    “Fact-checking can thus be understood as a way of judging or appreciating literature by measuring its accuracy—checking the discrete units or particulars that make up texts and ensuring that they correctly correspond to referents in the world as well as those within an author’s mental representation of the world. In so doing, fact-checking is preoccupied […]