This seminar explores complex issues that arise in contemporary media law. We will consider issues in defamation, privacy, infliction of emotional distress, publicity rights, student speech and publications, indecency, obscenity, access to information and governmental institutions, prior restraint, and national security, with a particular emphasis on how the Internet and social media challenge or affirm traditional approaches to these issues and to First Amendment theory more generally. Active class participation will be expected, along with preparation of a five-page exploratory essay and a twenty-five page research paper. A class in First Amendment law is helpful, but not required, background.
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