Hello class. We’re going to look at some research on the 1st Amendment and point out some things that perhaps you’ve forgotten, or slept through in U.S. Government 101 or Internet technology class.
Take good notes — there WILL be a test. This is a study of the protections that exist with regard to free speech in the public forum, the right to protest and the government’s role in the restraint of expression.
John Stuart Mill couldn’t have possibly forseen the Blogosphere, but he certainly understood the principles that protect its free expression.
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
For an excellent take on the status of Free Speech In Canada do check out this link. Section 13 (1) is the most censor friendly legislation extant.