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Freedom of Speech or Defamation? Expressing Yourself on the Web Jason Porterfield

Freedom of Speech or Defamation? Expressing Yourself on the Web

Jason Porterfield

Published December 15th 2012
ISBN : 9781448883707
Paperback
48 pages
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 About the Book 

Digital communicationparticularly via social networking siteshas quickly become a dominant form of interaction in our society and worldwide. The instantaneous convenience of conversation and dialog with friends down the street or strangers halfwayMoreDigital communicationparticularly via social networking siteshas quickly become a dominant form of interaction in our society and worldwide. The instantaneous convenience of conversation and dialog with friends down the street or strangers halfway across the globe is a wondrous technological development and one with enormous potential for relationship-strengthening, idea-sharing, and community-building. Yet the anonymity of digital communication and self-expression also provides some users with a false sense of impunity. They feel encouraged to say things they wouldnt say in a face-to-face encounter. Some of these posts can be bullying- some can involve hate speech or defamation. Readers will walk the line that separates harsh but legitimate criticism, which is protected by free speech provisions of the Constitution, from defamation and other illegal forms of expression. They also wade into these troubled waters, sort through the major legal precedents, and are provided with some invaluable guidelines to follow when expressing themselves or communicating with others via the Internet.