Stanley Fish has an

June 13, 2003


Stanley Fish has an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the way that people confuse First Amendment rights with the irresponsible decision to publish distasteful views in a private forum. He argues that you have no right to be heard in any particular forum, you simply have the right to NOT have your speech restricted by government or law.

I like his stuff, even when I disagree with him. In this case I think he neglects the difference between publications that are intended as open forums and publications that are serving a specific community or purpose. He would argue that many of the publications whose editors claim to be open forums are actually serving specific communites and purposes and that the editors have lost track of what it is they are supposed to be doing.

Ted K.

Posted by Red Ted at June 13, 2003 10:41 AM | TrackBack