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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30570

Title: Building a Better (Critical Democratic) Speech Culture: Feminist Blogs and Freedom of Speech
Authors: Dean, E. Michelle
Advisor: Nedelsky, Jennifer
Department: Law
Keywords: internet
freedom of expression
deliberative theory
online discussion
Issue Date: 7-Dec-2011
Abstract: This thesis uses our lived experience of speech online to analyse the most common justification for freedom of speech: the "marketplace of ideas" metaphor. It opens with an account of a conversation in the feminist blogosphere that explicitly addressed the operation of social power in discussion. The lessons of that conversation is compared to accounts of the marketplace of ideas metaphor offered by theorists like Sunstein, Fiss, and Boyd White, as well as more internet-oriented theorists like Lessig, Benkler and Balkin. From that, and building on the insights of critics like Fraser and Mansbridge, the thesis argues that we ought to reject the "liberal-economic" paradigm of the function of speech and deliberation in a democracy, and proposes that we replace the "marketplace of ideas" metaphor with that of a "critical democratic culture." The thesis concludes by illustrating the usefulness of that new metaphor through the example of hate speech.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30570
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