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  •  How far does it go, Counselor? (1+ / 0-)
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    nocynicism

    I figger that what you might be saying is that an Editorial Board on a school paper might be violating a writer's speech rights if the board decrees certain words or phrases aren't to be used, someone writes an article using the banned language, and the piece is either edited or spiked...

    What if the language they wanna use is one of Carlin's Seven Words?

    Who decides what's offensive speech? "Redskin" just might be as offensive to some folks as "N----r" or "F----t" are to most people of good will, and community consensus is something that develops, not something that just "is."

    (censorship works a variety of ways. I pretty much agonized over the two words in the above paragraph, I wanted to use them in my point, but they are so offensive I replaced the words with -----)

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 06:16:10 AM PST

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    •  Not really. (2+ / 0-)
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      leftykook, VClib
      I figger that what you might be saying is that an Editorial Board on a school paper might be violating a writer's speech rights if the board decrees certain words or phrases aren't to be used
      Just because the first amendment is implicated doesn't mean it's been violated.  Look at Occupy Wall Street and its progeny: they had first amendment rights to engage in expressive conduct, to protest, etc., but that can be overcome if the regulation is viewpoint/content neutral and reasonable.

      Same thing here.  

      Or: the diarist reached the right result (the newspaper can probably censor its contributors), but through a wrong analysis.  

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