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Extreme Speech and Democracy$
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Ivan Hare and James Weinstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548781.001.0001

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Extreme Speech and American Press Freedoms

Extreme Speech and American Press Freedoms

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(p.598) 30 Extreme Speech and American Press Freedoms
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Extreme Speech and Democracy
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David J. Bodney

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548781.003.0031

This chapter discusses the American constitutional framework for addressing the challenge of extreme speech, with particular emphasis on the rights of the press. It argues that American media's usage of extreme speech is regulated less by laws than by market factors and evolving norms of civility. Today more than ever, the media endeavours to produce what sells. Advertisers are matched with audiences to maximize profits in a rapidly changing media marketplace. Adaptation to the World Wide Web presents a serious challenge to traditional media outlets.

Keywords:   freedom of speech, market factors, Sedition Act, civility, extreme speech, Constitution

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