Losing Free Speech Essay

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“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” These words were spoken by François-Marie Arouet, more well known by his pen name, Voltaire (Quotes About Censorship, #36). A French philosopher from the seventeen hundreds, Voltaire is believed to have influenced the Founding Fathers of America. As a matter of fact, this quote makes up the backbone of the First Amendment from the U.S. Constitution, which states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. While these words…show more content…
A small amount of censorship will not encroach on someone’s freedom of speech, rather it will prevent America from falling into a hole of profanity and deprecation that she might never be able to dig herself out of. “A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.” The author of this quote is unknown, but they make a valid point. Any and all the information anyone could ever want is available to anyone and everyone who wants it. The Internet has absolutely no limits because it’s infinite; no one can control it. There’s no way. It’s because of this fact that there are sites like WikiLeaks popping up, snubbing their noses at the government knowing that there is nothing to be done to stop them. However, it’s also because of WikiLeaks that the government and other private sources have started to step in and moderate what should be considered appropriate. Take, for example, the school board in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Dr. June Talvite-Siple was caught by parents making derogatory remarks about her students and the school district on her Facebook page, resulting in her firing. While it’s easy for Dr. Siple to argue that she believed her privacy settings were set in such a way that no one but her friends would be able to see her posts, the issue still stands. She was criticizing her place of work on the Internet, a place where anyone can find information about anything. If a prospective teacher or someone considering
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