The Death Of Free Speech: How Our Broken National Dialogue Has Killed The Truth And Divided America (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/6
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The Death of Fee Speech is an objective, credible, provocative and entertaining look at one of the most important and under-reported realities in American society. John Ziegler, a radio and TV commentator, examines how the news media has created arbitrary, biased and illogical rules for determining what can and cannot be said in the public arena. He details how in almost every major case of speech and punishment in modern America, the guilty verdict was wrong and unjust. Ziegler also looks at the increasing corporate conflicts and legal restrictions being imposed on free speech, particularly when it comes to political speech.
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I think the first 100 pages could have been sumerized into about 10 because they are all high profile cases. From Fuzz Zeller to Howard Cosel to Clinton to many other examples.
I do think the depth of the book is thin. Yes, there is a free speech problem in the country but it is much older than the mid 80s. There was all kinds of censorship as far back as we have had mass media and there is nothing new going on. There was all kinds of intimidation and censorship as far back as the first outlawing to dirty movies when film was invented. I think looking at the history censorship would have been useful back to FDR using the IRS to go after hostile papers and the slow encroachment of censorship in the 30s as well as the FEC pulling licencs of those stations critial to Roosevelt.
There are good point in the fact that those on the left and right work from different premices. He called is fratured media where people self segregate into information they like and seldom expose themselves to information they don't like. There is no single outlet from his point of view that takes all sides serously. He goes into many of the reasons that news is hardly more than entertainmant because too little time is allocated to importan issues. Each outlet focuses on its niche and is more conserned with targeting a specific demographic for advertising.
The book is informative and generally accepts many of the premices of the right but there are also comment on how the right has gone after free speech so really this book does take on all sides but generally sees ore fault on the left and thier inconsistand enforcment of political correctness.
The only criticisms I have is the book is written in *exactly* the same voice as the author's radio show. I was expecting a bit more academic approach.
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