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Extreme Speech and American Press Freedoms

David J. Bodney

in Extreme Speech and Democracy

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548781
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720673 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548781.003.0031
 Extreme Speech and American Press Freedoms

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This chapter discusses the American constitutional framework for addressing the challenge of extreme speech, with particular emphasis on the rights of the press. It argues that American media's usage of extreme speech is regulated less by laws than by market factors and evolving norms of civility. Today more than ever, the media endeavours to produce what sells. Advertisers are matched with audiences to maximize profits in a rapidly changing media marketplace. Adaptation to the World Wide Web presents a serious challenge to traditional media outlets.

Keywords: freedom of speech; market factors; Sedition Act; civility; extreme speech; Constitution

Chapter.  4864 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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