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With the integration of high technology into our culture, fundamental precepts of the law have been questioned and brought to the fore. In the seminar “The First Amendment in the 21st Century” Seth F. Kreimer Professor of Law addresses how discussion of the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech, press and assembly has, during the second half of the 20th century, occupied a central place in the Supreme Court’s practice of judicial review. As the century closed, the information age brought new urgency to some elements of the discussion, and threatened to transform others. Kreimer’s seminar examines the development of the federal doctrines protecting freedom of expression, and the ways in which these doctrines are likely to occupy the courts in the next decade. Class discussion includes problems of incitement and threats (e.g. the Nuremberg Files); compelled speech; anonymity; libel; obscenity; emotionally abusive speech; intellectual property; commercial speech; privacy; and media structure.
The relationship between First Amendment matters and communi-cations policy is an intimate one. Law professor C. Edwin Baker Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law is a nationally known authority in constitutional law and mass media policy. A passionate proponent of freedom of individual speech, he also believes that government ought to regulate certain aspects of media and social policy. His work of recent years on media policy reflects an expansive view of the multimedia nature of the global generation at the millennium.
“I draw heavily on political philosophy, economics, and communication scholarship,” Baker said of his recent influences, including consultations with Oscar Gandy, professor at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. Baker’s new book on the subject – The Relation of Media, Markets, and Democracy – was published by Cambridge University Press this year.
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