Shouting Fire: HBO Free Speech documentary

 

Freedom of Speech! The first amendment of the United States Constitution clearly states that Congress will make no law “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” but the fact that the Bill of Rights protects free speech doesn’t mean that everyone likes it. Expressing controversial or unpopular opinions has sometimes caused people to be silenced by others, and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, some Americans have found that speech isn’t always as free as they’d imagine. Shouting Fire, a riveting exploration of the current state of free speech in America is crucially relevant.

 

 

The Pirate Queen of Academic Publishing

Article on Sci-hub by Verge.

 The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. It was the reason that, one day in June 2015, Alexandra Elbakyan, the student and programmer with a futurist streak and a love for neuroscience blogs, opened her email to a message from the world’s largest publisher: “YOU HAVE BEEN SUED.”

First Amendment protects journalist’s sources

Receiving information about the Laquan McDonald police-shooting and how the 1st Amendment protected the source. (The Intercept, Jamie Kalven).

From the outset, I made it clear that I had received no Garrity-protected documents and that I would refuse to answer any questions that might reveal the identity of the source. There was nothing heroic about this stance. It was not a choice. I was simply doing my job as a reporter.

At Yale, Campus Social Media Debate Turns into Cesspool

Can social media conversations contribute to productive outcomes? Yale students tried. (Vanity Fair)

But this being 2017, a familiar drama began. A student posted an image of the flyer on Overheard at Yale, an intra-college Facebook group with over 20,000 members and one of the grand student hubs on campus. The “Reform the Savages” announcement was peppered with inane jokes about colonialism, and capped with a picture of a generic Native American chieftain in a headdress. The Party’s chairman, Quinn Shepherd, attempted to apologize, in private, to the Association of Native Americans at Yale, but the overture was rejected, according to a screenshot of the conversation posted by the student.(“So can we apologize…. but like in /private/[?]” The student described the interaction.) Within minutes, the comments section exploded.