The typical scenario used in many law books to describe a freedom of speech abuse is the following -
"You can't yell fire in a movie theatre"
- Unless of course there's a real fire happening. If you use this example as a guide then much of it becomes a matter of common sense.
It is not an easy question though because does the freedom of speech also include the freedom to offend? Many times it is necessary to be critical of others or their behaviour and that might offend a lot of people. However many people are offended by many things so you are bound to offend someone when you use your freedom of speech...
Free speech is a right of the American citizen under the Constitution. All rights and liberties come with responsibility and accountability. The right was reserved for us so that our voices might be heard and not silenced by a majority on any issue. The intent was not to provide an environment for attacks on people or an avenue for slander and the telling of lies. We must be mature enough and responsible enough to hold ourselves accountable when we speak out. We must attempt to base our words on facts knowing that even though something is technicially true, maybe it should not be repeated publicly when judgement is applied. Eventually those who abuse the right of free speech are no longer heard...that is their penalty for their lack of accountability...they no longer have any credibility in what the say or what they stand for. That value of credibility should be at the forefront of our mind before we engage our tongue in public forums. This is the most logical and the best control mechanism because it eventually works. Trying to set laws governing speech and free speech is simply a slow trip down the road to a dictatorial society. WB
by irachx 5 months ago
Do we really have freedom of speech?
by LoliHey 2 years ago
Doesn't freedom of speech mean that there are no consequences?Lately we hear about people losing their jobs for stuff they tweet and post. People say, "Well, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences." I beg to differ, though. You're supposed to be able...
by Jeff Berndt 6 years ago
So we have freedom of speech in the US, but we also have a crime called "incitement to riot."If you want to commit that crime, what you need to do is get up in front of a group of people, and say some words. If the words you say make the crowd angry enough to run around assaulting other...
by RealityTalk 5 years ago
Is freedom of speech compromised in America today?It appears difficult to publish articles pertaining to racism, unless the racist in question is white skinned. It also appears difficult to publish articles pertaining to same-sex marriage if the article is anti-same-sex marriage; even if the...
by Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 4 years ago
Many people see the 1st Amendment today as an avenue to say “whatever they want” without regards of the feelings of others. However, according to the United States Exceptions of Free Speech: “Speeches that involve incitement, false statements of fact, obscenity, child pornography, threats and...
by Kathryn L Hill 5 months ago
We need to keep in mind that freedom of speech was created for some Good. (As in disseminating what is True.)Not some Bad. (As in Lying.)There seems to be a lot of abuse of free speech on the internet and ELSEWHERE!
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