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Sympathy for the Cyberbully : How the Crusade to Censor Hostile and Offensive Online Speech Abuses

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In the first systematic account of judicial rulings striking down cyberbullying laws in the United States and Canada, Sympathy for the Cyberbully offers an unapologetic defense of online acid-tongued disparagers and youthful and adult sexters. In the first decade of the 21st century, legitimate concerns about the harmful effects of cyberbullying degenerated into a moral panic. The most troubling aspect of the panic has been a spate of censorship—the enactment of laws which breach long-standing constitutional principles, by authorizing police to arrest and juries to convict, and schools to suspend, individuals for engaging in online expression that would be constitutionally protected had it been communicated offline. These hastily drawn statutes victimize harsh critics of elected officials, scholars, school officials and faculty, distributors of constitutionally protected pornography, adolescents "talking smack," and teens who engage in the consensual exchange of nude images, even in states where teens of a certain age enjoy the right to engage in sexual relations. The victims’ stories are told here.

Sympathy for the Cyberbully is suitable for undergraduate, graduate and law school courses in media law, First Amendment law and free expression.

Edition: New
Number of Pages: 251
Genre: Social Science, Family + Relationships
Series Title: Communication Law
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
Author: Arthur S. Hayes
Language: English
Street Date: July 31, 2017
TCIN: 52972065
UPC: 9781433132117
Item Number (DPCI): 248-50-4575
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