Free Expression and Censorship in America: An Encyclopedia

Overview

Despite the end of the Cold War, America's national security apparatus for controlling information has remained in place. However, sex and secularism are emerging as the major targets of censorship. Federal decency standards have been imposed on art, the broadcast media, and the Internet. Virtually every major political issue of the 1990s (abortion, campaign finance, violence on TV, homosexuality, indecency on the Internet) has First Amendment implications, and all are included ...

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Overview

Despite the end of the Cold War, America's national security apparatus for controlling information has remained in place. However, sex and secularism are emerging as the major targets of censorship. Federal decency standards have been imposed on art, the broadcast media, and the Internet. Virtually every major political issue of the 1990s (abortion, campaign finance, violence on TV, homosexuality, indecency on the Internet) has First Amendment implications, and all are included in this comprehensive encyclopedia.

This work covers the full history of America's struggle for free expression, as well as the contemporary dynamics represented by pop figures like Frank Zappa, Howard Stern, and Danny Goldberg and politicians like Jesse Helms and Don Edwards. It goes beyond other academic works of its kind by recognizing the primacy of the mass media and the Internet in defining the modern contours of the First Amendment.

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Librarian Foerstel provides information on the full history of the struggle for and against free expression in the US, as well as the contemporary dynamics represented by such figures of popular culture as Frank Zappa, Howard Stern, and Danny Goldberg, and such politicians as Jesse Helms and Don Edwards. He notes that censorship since the end of the cold war has primarily targeted sex and secularism, and acknowledges the importance of mass media and the Internet in defining the modern contours of free speech. Includes entry-specific bibliographic references. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313292316
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1997
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

HERBERT N. FOERSTEL is the former Head of Branch Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently serves on the Board of the National Security Archive, located at the George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Encyclopedia

Selected Bibliography

Table of Cases

Index

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