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The explosion of the internet created many new forms of expression for the traditional media and for individuals. A new way of communicating with the world developed: the Weblog, or "blog," which can range in form from a personal diary to a daily compilation of up-to-the-minute political news. The increased popularity of blogs has prompted many questions: Should blogging about a candidate be considered a political advertisement, subject to campaign finance laws? Should bloggers be given the same access to public ...
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Overview

The explosion of the internet created many new forms of expression for the traditional media and for individuals. A new way of communicating with the world developed: the Weblog, or "blog," which can range in form from a personal diary to a daily compilation of up-to-the-minute political news. The increased popularity of blogs has prompted many questions: Should blogging about a candidate be considered a political advertisement, subject to campaign finance laws? Should bloggers be given the same access to public officials and events that traditional journalists have? Should schools be able to regulate their students' blogs? Blogging tackles these issues by examining this hot-button topic from different angles.

About the Author:
David L. Hudson Jr. is a research attorney with the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University

About the Author:
Alan Marzilli, M.A., J.D., is a program associate with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction

An Overview of Blogging 11

Point

Many Bloggers Are Journalists Who Deserve Legal Protection 17

Counterpoint

Bloggers Should Not Receive Legal Protection 30

Point

Employees Should Have the Right to Blog About Employers 42

Counterpoint

Employers Should Discipline Bloggers for Detrimental Comments 56

Point

School Officials Cannot Regulate Student Blogging 66

Counterpoint

School Officials Can Regulate Student Blogging 76

Conclusion

The Future of Blogging 88

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 97

Elements of the Argument 100

Notes 102

Resources 107

Picture Credits 111

Index 112

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