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Constancy and Change in Freedom of Expression Discourse

February 21, 2014
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104

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Speaker: Monroe Price

Categories: Seminar

This talk will be an opportunity for me to explore certain concepts that have preoccupied me in recent years in thinking about the organization and regulation of expression (particularly across borders).  While there’s nothing particularly new in organized efforts to penetrate boundaries and seek to change mind sets in near and distant audiences, new technologies, new geopolitical arrangements and sharpened legal concepts give these strategic efforts added power.

Religions, NGOs, corporations, insurgent organizations and resourceful states deploy media to accomplish very ambitious objectives—proselytizing for competing beliefs in the divine, proselytizing for increased consumerism, or bidding for loyalties among China, Russia, Europe, the US and others.  All this sets up an interesting environment for the rethinking of speech and society. I’ll discuss how these developments affect what might be called the institutional foundations of free expression and patterns of government and non-government response.