Not in Front of the Children

'Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth

Author: Marjorie Heins

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813543886

Category: Social Science

Page: 442

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From Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter, from Internet filters to the v-chip, censorship exercised on behalf of children and adolescents is often based on the assumption that they must be protected from “indecent” information that might harm their development—whether in art, in literature, or on a Web site. But where does this assumption come from, and is it true? In Not in Front of the Children, Marjorie Heins explores the fascinating history of “indecency” laws and other restrictions aimed at protecting youth. From Plato’s argument for rigid censorship, through Victorian laws aimed at repressing libidinous thoughts, to contemporary battles over sex education in public schools and violence in the media, Heins guides us through what became, and remains, an ideological minefield. With fascinating examples drawn from around the globe, she suggests that the “harm to minors” argument rests on shaky foundations.
Posted in Social Science

Crime and the Internet

Author: David Wall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134542321

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 9502

Is the internet really powerful enough to allow a sixteen year old to become the biggest threat to world peace since Adolf Hitler? Are we all now susceptible to cyber-criminals who can steal from us without even having to leave the comfort of their own armchairs? These are fears which have been articulated since the popular development of the internet, yet criminologists have been slow to respond to them. Consequently, questions about what cybercrimes are, what their impacts will be and how we respond to them remain largely unanswered. Organised into three sections, this book engages with the various criminological debates that are emerging over cybercrime. The first section looks at the general problem of crime and the internet. It then describes what is understood by the term 'cybercrime' by identifying some of the challenges for criminology. The second section explores the different types of cybercrime and their attendant problems. The final section contemplates some of the challenges that cybercrimes give rise to for the criminal justice system.
Posted in Social Science

Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet

Research and Policy Challenges in Comparative Perspective

Author: Sonia M. Livingstone,Leslie Haddon,Anke Gorzig

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847428827

Category: Computers

Page: 382

View: 6583

With increasingly younger children using the Internet on their own, there is a growing need for research that examines both the risks and opportunities young children face on the web. Such information is critical for determining the ways in which children can navigate this wonderful—and dangerous— world. With expert contributions from a diverse range of disciplines and a cross-national breadth, Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet examines the many online opportunities children have for learning, creativity, and communication and how they can safely access them amid the dangers of cyberbullying, pornography, and privacy invasion. Based on an impressive, in-depth survey of twenty-five thousand children carried out by the EU Kids Online network, this book presents wholly new findings that offer important counters to both the optimistic and pessimistic arguments surrounding child safety on the Internet. It finds compelling evidence that children are gaining important digital skills as well as strong strategies and social support for dealing with the Internet's fast-changing terrain. At the same time, it identifies the many struggles children face, pinpointing important areas where harm can follow from risky online encounters. With a simultaneous breadth and depth of evidence and analysis, Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet provides comprehensive and important information for anyone interested in safe and positive digital experiences for our youth.
Posted in Computers

Priests of Our Democracy

The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge

Author: Marjorie Heins

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814770266

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 874

Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who battled the anti-communist witch hunt of the 1950s. It traces the political fortunes of academic freedom beginning in the late 19th century, both on campus and in the courts. Combining political and legal history with wrenching personal stories, the book details how the anti-communist excesses of the 1950s inspired the Supreme Court to recognize the vital role of teachers and professors in American democracy. The crushing of dissent in the 1950s impoverished political discourse in ways that are still being felt, and First Amendment academic freedom, a product of that period, is in peril today. In compelling terms, this book shows why the issue should matter to everyone.
Posted in Law

Defending the First

Commentary on First Amendment Issues and Cases

Author: Joseph Russomanno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135613710

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 456

View: 3108

Defending the First provides a collection of new perspectives on the First Amendment in legal and communication contexts. Editor Joseph Russomanno brings together a roster of major figures who have participated in the shaping of First Amendment law over the past 30 years. Readers are taken into a realm of personal experience and analysis through the stories of these attorneys at the forefront of the battle to defend the "First." The contributors to this volume--all of whom have argued cases before the Supreme Court--tell about their experiences appearing before the highest court in the United States. Some write many years after being there, while others offer insights from a more recent vantage point. One Supreme Court Attorney offers a historical analysis of a case replete with a variety of First Amendment issues. This work contributes to a deeper understanding of First Amendment issues and the types of expression that the First Amendment protects, and why these rights must be protected. In addition, it provides readers with the unique perspective of those who have been on the front lines of some of the most important and influential cases in this era. The challenges of presenting an argument in this venue become clear, and it is evident that understanding one's own case, its lineage, and its likely impact all become part of the formula for success. This distinctive collection provides personal and compelling insights into the making of communication law, and it will be engaging reading for students in communication law courses. It will also appeal to any reader interested in First Amendment law.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Saving Our Children from the First Amendment

Author: Kevin W. Saunders

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814786936

Category: Law

Page: 307

View: 4687

The First Amendment is vital to our political system, our cultural institutions, and our routine social interactions with others. In this provocative book, Kevin Saunders asserts that freedom of expression can be very harmful to our children, making it more likely that they will be the perpetrators or victims of violence, will grow up as racists, or will use alcohol or tobacco. Saving Our Children from the First Amendment examines both the value and cost of free expression in America, demonstrating how an unregulated flow of information can be detrimental to youth. While the great value of the First Amendment is found in its protection of our most important political freedoms, this is far more significant for adults, who can fully grasp and benefit from the freedom of expression, than for children. Constitutional prohibitions on distributing sexual materials to children, Saunders proposes, should be expanded to include violent, vulgar, or profane materials, as well as music that contains hate speech. Saunders offers an insightful meditation on the problem of protecting our children from the negative effects of freedom of expression without curtailing First Amendment rights for adults.
Posted in Law

Community, Space and Online Censorship

Regulating Pornotopia

Author: Dr Scott Beattie

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409496686

Category: Law

Page: 284

View: 934

Internet censorship is a controversial topic - while the media periodically sounds alarms at the dangers of online life, the uncontrollable nature of the internet makes any kind of pervasive regulatory control impossible. This book compares the Australian solution, a set of laws which have been criticized as being both draconian and ineffectual, to major regulatory systems in the UK and US and understanding what drives them. The 'impossibility' of internet regulation opens deeper issues - what do we mean by regulation and how do we judge the certainty and effectiveness of law? These questions lead to an exploration of the theories of legal geography which provide tools to understand and evaluate regulatory practices. The book will be a valuable guide for academics, students and policy makers working in media and censorship law, those from a civil liberties interest and people interested in internet theory generally.
Posted in Law

Cutting the Mustard

Affirmative Action and the Nature of Excellence

Author: Marjorie Heins

Publisher: Marjorie Heins

ISBN: 9780571129744

Category: Affirmative action programs

Page: 213

View: 9999

This is the story of Nancy Richardson, Director of Student and Community Life at a major university, who was fired for "pedagogical and ideological differences" after objecting to the school's process of hiring new faculty and demanding that more attention be paid to the University's stated desire to attract qualified women and minority faculty.
Posted in Affirmative action programs

Media Literacy

An Alternative to Censorship

Author: Marjorie Heins,Christina Cho

Publisher: Marjorie Heins

ISBN: N.A

Category: Censorship

Page: 56

View: 1222

Posted in Censorship

Reefer Madness

... and Other Tales from the American Underground

Author: Eric Schlosser

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141978171

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 5378

From the author of Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser's Reefer Madness: and Other Tales from the American Underground follows the money to uncover made the country rich: porn, pot and exploitation. In three linked essays, Eric Schlosser uncovers how dirty dealings and secret vices are part of a global black market on which we all depend. Reefer Madness traces the history of the contemporary 'war on drugs' from its origins in Reagan's social conservatism through to its profound impact on civil society, creating a justice system that punishes marijuana offences more harshly than rape and murder. An Empire of the Obscene tells the story of Reuben Sturman, the billionaire 'Walt Disney of porn' who most effectively exploited economies of scale to create a business that now saturates America and the world with graphic sexual imagery. In the Strawberry Fields shows how public demand for a soft red fruit is causing mass migration from Central America and changing California's political economy forever. 'An amazing secret history of America's favourite vices' Independent 'A shocking journey through the underside of the world's mightiest economy' The Times 'Schlosser tells us things we already suspect to be true, but don't dare think about' Daily Telegraph 'Superb ... mind-blowing ... quite simply the non-fiction book of the year' The List Eric Schlosser is an author and investigative journalist based in New York. His first book, Fast Food Nation, was a major international bestseller. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone and the Guardian.
Posted in Social Science

Florida Law Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law reviews

Page: N.A

View: 8622

Posted in Law reviews

Mother Jones

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Radicalism

Page: N.A

View: 1686

Posted in Radicalism

Internet Filters

A Public Policy Report - Revised and Updated

Author: Christina Cho,Marjorie Heins,Ariel Feldman

Publisher: Marjorie Heins

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computer networks

Page: 68

View: 2234

This report summarizes a survey, which was taken by the NCAC in the spring and summer of 2001 that looked at studies and tests describing the operation of products or software programs used to filter WWW sites.
Posted in Computer networks

English Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English philology

Page: N.A

View: 7213

Posted in English philology

Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy

A Guide to America's Censorship Wars

Author: Marjorie Heins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781565840485

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

View: 855

In 1989 strange things began to happen in these United States. Musicians and music store owners were charged with crimes for singing songs or selling tapes and records. The U.S. Congress passed a resolution condemning a major museum for permitting a display that "encourages disrespect for the flag." The federal arts funding agency was accused of blasphemy for assisting artists whose work dealt with religious themes. And so "censorship" became a key word in political debate. In Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy, the founding director of the ACLU Arts Censorship Project discusses the most hotly contested censorship issues.
Posted in Political Science

Social Text

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Culture

Page: N.A

View: 3005

Posted in Culture

Update on the Internet and the First Amendment

Author: David L. Hudson,American Bar Association. Public Education Division

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 16

View: 5066

Posted in Computers

SIECUS Report

Author: Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sex

Page: N.A

View: 3093

Posted in Sex