Censorship, Inc.: The Corporate Threat to Free Speech in the United States / Edition 1

Censorship, Inc.: The Corporate Threat to Free Speech in the United States / Edition 1

by Lawrence Soley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1583670661

ISBN-13: 9781583670668

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is a landmark in the defense of free speech against government interference and suppression. In this book we come to see how it also acts as a smokescreen behind which a more dangerous and insidious threat to free speech can operate.

Soley shows how as corporate power has grown and come to influence the issues on which

Overview

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is a landmark in the defense of free speech against government interference and suppression. In this book we come to see how it also acts as a smokescreen behind which a more dangerous and insidious threat to free speech can operate.

Soley shows how as corporate power has grown and come to influence the issues on which ordinary Americans should be able to speak out, so new strategies have developed to restrict free speech on issues in which corporations and property-owners have an interest.

Censorship, Inc. is a comprehensive examination of the vast array of corporate practices which restrict free speech in the United States today in fields as diverse as advertsing and the media, the workplace, community life, and the environment. Soley also shows how these threats to free speech have been resisted by activism, legal argument, and through legislation. Grounded in extensive research into actual cases, this book is at the same time a challenge to conventional thinking about the nature of censorship and free speech.

Author Biography: Lawrence Soley is Colnick Professor of Communication and Professor of Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. His previous books include Free Radio Broadcasting, Leasing the Ivory Tower, and The News Shapers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583670668
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacei
1Private Censorship, Corporate Power1
Part ISpeaking of Labor21
2Company Towns and Labor Camps25
3Dirty Work: Blacklisting and Silencing Employees55
Part IIUncivil Actions81
4SLAPPing Citizens85
5"Hog Tying" Critics: Agricultural Disparagement Statutes111
Part IIIPrivate Property, Public Silence135
6Freedom to Buy, Not Speak139
7Private Communities: Real Properties, Real Restrictions167
Part IVThe Muted Media191
8Advertisers: Muscling the Media195
9Muzzling David: Corporate Media Goliaths219
10Freeing Speech249
Endnotes265
Index297

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