Wednesday, May 12, 2010

day three.

this semester i had to take the course First Amendment & Society. the amount of information i learned in this class was incredible.
though it was at 8am, i really enjoyed every lesson. i could hardly believe how much i didn't know about the importance of the U.S. first amendment, and how much i tend to take it for granted.
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it's a fascinating amendment which brings up a plethora of tricky cases and i loved analyzing each of them. so much that for 1.3 seconds i seriously considered going to law school...but then i saw something shiny...
here are some of my favorite quotes on the freedom of speech--

“I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.”-Woodrow T. Wilson.

“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.”-Eleanor Holmes Norton.

this graphic on the current state of the freedom of the press in the world is astounding.
i never even realized how lucky i am to be able to participate in my desired career as a journalist/writer--while some attempting the same face substantial punishment and censorship.
so i sign off this post the same way my professor did in our last email: have a good day & "remember to stand up for free expression".
xo-
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6 comments:

  1. Andrew and I took a class based just on the free exercise clause this past semester, and I have to agree- this tricky little sentence certainly makes your head spin :)

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  2. I know how you feel about that 8am class. I felt the same way about the sports journalism class I took second semester my senior year: three days at week at 8am. Who does that in their last semester? I never regretted it. I learned so much in that class and really proved something to myself.

    Yay for the First Amendment and journalism!

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  3. Anna,
    oh my gosh this post made me miss being inspired & in college so much. I loved learning about that stuff too ... and that quote from Woodrow Wilson is so legit.

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  4. "I enjoyed every lesson"... we need more people who say that!

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  5. wow, that map is pretty enlightening. i agree, free speech is a precious freedom we have, which so many people don't appreciate. i love the Norton quote about supporting the rights of people you don't agree with. it's so true.

    and you're almost done with school!!! woo-hoo!! :)

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  6. ah! i had to take a class similar to this, but it involved memorizing a ton of supreme court cases. most of which were about freedom of speech/the establishment clause/free exercise. sooooo glad to be done. XD
    glad all went well for you too.

    www.waking.up.in.waco.blogspot.com

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