Free Speech Or Hate Speech: When Does Online Hate Speech Become A Real Threat?
Free Speech Or A Threat? Vermont Supreme Court Decision Highlights Continuing Tension
Additional resources to think about
The Thin Line Between Hate Speech And Real Threat
One of the biggest challenges for the police is distinguishing between protected free speech and speech that threatens and endangers people. In this report, journalists explore that distinction in the case of an attack on a Sikh temple.
Protesting Funerals: The First Amendment Put to the Test
Is all free speech protected? In this episode of Constitution USA, Peter Segal puts the First Amendment to the test.
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- Are there any symbols? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
Should hate speech be protected by the First Amendment?
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