I challenge you to lay off the meme’s. They don’t add to your argument, and only detract from it. It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.
Mark Lloyd The second quote is from a book named Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America. The quote in context is basically how the author (Mark Lloyd) believes how through the judicial system corporations have used the 1st Amendment to erode at the Democracy we have. But it’s based on his slanted view that (as quoted above) the 1st Amendment must be limited in the furthering of “appropriateness.” So we’re back to the argument of how do we come to the appropriate balance between individual freedoms and liberties, and social benefit. The problem we see with this current administration, is they appear to be wielding their powers as a cudgel against those who wish to speak out against him, and his warped sense of “speaking out against him” is against the best interests of society. Again, we are seeing shadows of what’s going on, but those shadows don’t bode well.