Review of Chapter 4 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

In this chapter, Cose introduces the topic of hate speech in two parts. First he provides background for speech which may incite violence by looking at anti-slavery writings and speech. The example of Charles Sumner, a lawyer of the time, is given as one such proponent of anti-slavery speech. His speech incited a violent response … More Review of Chapter 4 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

Review of Chapter 3 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

If Chapter 2 was a focused changed from the first, the third starts on a rather un-focused manner going into the notion of “post-truth” bringing up the lack of truth inherent in the legacy of McCarthyism and Trumpism. Implicit here is the understanding that such figures of authority would be subject to higher standards of … More Review of Chapter 3 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

Review of Chapter 2 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

After the rambling nature of the first chapter, it was refreshing to settle in to a focus on one aspect of free speech even though poltical campaign contributions isn’t everyone’s favorite topic! The focus is on contrasting political contributions made by corporations versus the influence by labor unions. He ties in a dissenting opinion by … More Review of Chapter 2 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

Review of Chapter 1 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49398095-the-short-life-and-curious-death-of-free-speech-in-america As promised, the review goes on of this thought-provoking book on free speech. Let’s keep going looking at the first chapter. A basic definition of free speech in terms of saying whatever you want is qualified by looking at the First Amendment through various cases from it’s ratification in 1791 to present time. Most … More Review of Chapter 1 of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

Review of Introduction of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49398095-the-short-life-and-curious-death-of-free-speech-in-america I thought I would get back into the whole duscussion of free speech by doing a chapter by chapter book review. I realise a lot of book reviews focus on author style more than content but here, because of my keen interest in the topic (I am ultimately writing a book on this topic), … More Review of Introduction of “The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America” by Ellis Cose

Teaphorism Day #2

Often, as we go about our daily life interacting with others both in the flesh (so called “irl”) and on-screen we find today’s aphorism on the tea bag tag applies in a meaningful and constructive way. Saying what you mean is the first part of it but the value here is considering the meaning what … More Teaphorism Day #2

A bit about Bite

Today’s prompt is “bite” so let’s consider an owl’s perspective. Do they bite one bit at a time or take the whole bite? You may say that the owl can’t bite because it is made of clay. However, the bite is an impression of it so an impact in that way. But, I rather think … More A bit about Bite

The web of relativity

All things are weakly related to everything. For example, if I consider the flannel sheet I am currently wrapped up in, I can consider the lines or stripes on it as a road leading to anwhere I wish. This road leads from my sofa, where I am currently recumbent, to all areas of the world.