How Free is Free Speech?
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November 28, 2017
This week Ann, Dan, and Afro Becky discuss Freedom of Speech and its limitations (or lack thereof). First a very brief look at Net Neutrality and how its reversal can affect content creators, their audiences, and change the internet as we know it. If the FCC reverses Net Neutrality, all data on the internet has the potential to not be treated equally without paying a premium. It’s our theory that both ISPs and the new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney have a lot to gain financially if Net Neutrality is reversed. Freedom of Speech. How free is free? There are very few limitations when it comes to free speech. In the case of the Texas woman with the decal on the back of her pickup truck that reads, “F Trump and F you too if you voted for him,” she is protected by the First Amendment. Profanity is not prohibited whether its spoken, in print, or as in this woman’s case, a political statement. Can you use profanity towards or around law enforcement? Absolutely. Cursing is not a crime and is…