New Blend of Media Expands Free Speech, Press

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Gene Policinski First Amendment Center vice president/executive director

The 21st century dynamics of free press and free speech are an intriguing blend of traditional news media, new technology, personal messages and even entertainment programming.

And, considering the success of President-elect Barack Obama’s use of e-mail, text messages and social-networking sites like facebook.com in his campaign, First Amendment scholars may be revising contemporary definitions of assembly and petition as well.

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