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“When it comes to free speech, journalists should be activists”

Dan Gillmor writes an interesting piece on issues pertaining to Forbidden Voices in an article you can find here:Т

He starts by discussing how The New York Times recently took what appears to be a strong stance against government intrusion in their work by asserting in an editorial that they had,Т “no intention of altering its coverage to meet the demands of any government — be it that of China, the United States or any other nation.”

The above stance doesn’t seem to jive with CBS, as a CNET (a subsidiary of CBS) reporter Greg Sandoval recently tweeted: “Hello all. Sad to report that I’ve resigned from CNET. I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence.” He went on to suggest CBS had interfered with an editorial decision.

One of the issues the reading calls to my mind is whether or not an English class should enter into and teach issues surrounding Net Neutrality. This certainly seems to be an ever-emerging issue that students may have to continue to confront and/or fight on behalf of. The Internet as it looks today may become a different place if legislation like SOPA and its sister bills ever comes to pass.

In some ways, the Internet is the new town square. It’s a place where our voices can be heard and our ideas shared freely. If this global town square ever closes on us all, I’m not confident such a decision would bring happier and more educated people into being.

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