this semester i had to take the course First Amendment & Society. the amount of information i learned in this class was incredible.
though it was at 8am, i really enjoyed every lesson. i could hardly believe how much i didn’t know about the importance of the U.S. first amendment, and how much i tend to take it for granted.
it’s a fascinating amendment which brings up a plethora of tricky cases and i loved analyzing each of them. so much that for 1.3 seconds i seriously considered going to law school…but then i saw something shiny…
here are some of my favorite quotes on the freedom of speech–
“I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.”-Woodrow T. Wilson.
“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.”-Eleanor Holmes Norton.
this graphic on the current state of the freedom of the press in the world is astounding.
i never even realized how lucky i am to be able to participate in my desired career as a journalist/writer–while some attempting the same face substantial punishment and censorship.
so i sign off this post the same way my professor did in our last email: have a good day & “remember to stand up for free expression”.