Join John Adams, world renowned Intl Matchmaker, Thurs nights 8:30 EST for Live Webcasts with FREE Prizes!
And check out Five Reasons why you should attend a FREE Live AFA Seminar! See locations and details.


Scam free! Check out Christian Filipina - Meet Asian women with Christian values! Members screened.
Exclusive book offer! 75% off! How to Meet, Date and Marry Your Filipina Wife



View Active Topics       Latest 100 Topics       View Your Posts       FAQ Topics       Switch to Mobile


Freedom of Speech in America

Discuss and talk about any general topic.

Moderators: jamesbond, fschmidt

Freedom of Speech in America

Postby Think Different » Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:16 pm

Just trying to start a discussion here, not trying to make a political or social statement.....

Often one hears how there is no true freedom of speech in the US. Is that really true, or an exaggeration? I would like to think that Americans have more freedom of speech than in Cuba, North Korea, or Iran, but those are extreme examples. What about Europe, Asia, South America?

In your opinion, how does the US freedom of speech stack up against other nations? Can you provide concrete examples?
Think Different
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 907
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:28 am
Location: Germany







Postby WakingUp » Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:57 pm

I can't compare it to other nations, but I can definitely say free speech is going DOWN in America.

Take a look at this, for instance. You can pelt Bush and Clinton at a carnival...but not Obama!

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-481323?hpt=T2

I cannot believe that the US has gotten so sensitive. I can't wait to graduate and get the hell out.
WakingUp
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:46 am

Re: Freedom of Speech in America

Postby globetrotter » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:24 pm

RedDog wrote:Just trying to start a discussion here, not trying to make a political or social statement.....

Often one hears how there is no true freedom of speech in the US. Is that really true, or an exaggeration? I would like to think that Americans have more freedom of speech than in Cuba, North Korea, or Iran, but those are extreme examples. What about Europe, Asia, South America?

In your opinion, how does the US freedom of speech stack up against other nations? Can you provide concrete examples?


Well, you wrote that from the USA, this forum is hosted in the USA and the other posters are mostly living in the USA and all of us say whatever we want here.
globetrotter
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1023
Joined: Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:45 pm
Location: Someplace Other Than This Forum

Postby momopi » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:56 pm

The effective freedom of speech in America is uneven. There's greater protection for the written word, than other media formats. i.e. FCC sets the rules on broadcast media, and will fine you for obscene material.

FCC's position on obscene material is that, obscene speech is not protected by the First Amendment and cannot be broadcast at any time. To be obscene, material must meet the 3 tests:

1. An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest.

2. The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law.
3. The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.


The written word, however, is protected to the other extreme. Books that are illegal in Europe would be fine here.
momopi
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 4711
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:44 am
Location: Orange County, California


Return to General Discussions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 9 guests