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Outspoken : free speech stories

Author: Nan Levinson
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.
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Annotation With the government granting itself sweeping new surveillance powers, castigating its critics as unpatriotic, and equating differing opinions with abetting "America's enemies," free speech seems an early casualty of the war on terrorism. But as this book brilliantly demonstrates, to sacrifice our freedom of speech is to surrender the very heart and soul of America. Nan Levinson tells the stories of twenty  Read more...
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Levinson, Nan, 1949-
Outspoken.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2003000597
(OCoLC)51454487
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nan Levinson
ISBN: 9780520940345 0520940342 1417522666 9781417522668 1597347914 9781597347914
OCLC Number: 55857622
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 359 pages)
Contents: I pledge allegiance : Rick Nuccio --
A matter of conscience : Kwame Mensah --
Beyond mere dissent : Margaret Randall --
La mordaza : Daisy Sánchez --
Point of view : Susanna Styron --
That special shimmer : Annie Sprinkle --
Something to offend nearly everybody : Jan Critchley, Hans Evers, Ifé Franklin, Maxine McDonald, Denise Marika, James Montford, Michael Wilhoite --
The seduction of absolutes : Skipp Porteous --
Insubordinate : Penny Culliton --
Blame that tune : Mike Diana, Paul Kim, Richard Taylor --
What do you mean I cant́ read Playboy? : Steve Johnson --
The public trust : David Kern.
Responsibility: Nan Levinson.
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Annotation With the government granting itself sweeping new surveillance powers, castigating its critics as unpatriotic, and equating differing opinions with abetting "America's enemies," free speech seems an early casualty of the war on terrorism. But as this book brilliantly demonstrates, to sacrifice our freedom of speech is to surrender the very heart and soul of America. Nan Levinson tells the stories of twenty people who refused to let anyone whittle away at their right to speak, think, create, or demur as they pleased. Among these sometimes unlikely defenders of the cause of free speech are a diplomat who disclosed secret information about government misconduct in Guatemala, a Puerto Rican journalist who risked going to prison to protect her sources, a high school teacher who discussed gays and lesbians in literature, a fireman who fought for his right to readPlayboyat work, and a former porn star who defended her performance piece as art. Caught up in conflicts that are alarming, complex, confusing, mean, or just plain silly, their cases are both emblematic and individually revealing, affording readers a rich variety of perspectives on the issues surrounding free speech debates. In an engaging, anecdotal style, Levinson explores the balance between First Amendment and other rights, such as equality, privacy, and security; the relationship among behavior, speech, and images; the tangle of suppression, marketing, and politics; and the role of dissent in our society. These issues come to vibrant life in the stories recounted inOutspoken, stories that--whether heroic or infamous, outrageous or straightforward--remind us again and again of the power of words and of the strength of a democracy of voices.

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