-Founders, importance of first amendment, introduce protesting, obscenity and internet as important factors of a changing time
-Internet as a brand new method for communication.
-Communications decency act
-Digital millennium copyright act
-Effects of those acts
-Protesting and how it is constantly challenged
-Protesting cases usually win with free speech because it is the most clear part of the first amendment
-Anti-war protests-sticky situation
-No clear definition
No matter who you are, or what you do everyday, there is one consistency that everyone in the United States experiences and that is expressing oneself or seeing other people express themselves. The freedom to express oneself is a concept that makes America a destination for many people that do not have that in their own countries. It is important to keep the spirit of the first amendment alive in our daily lives. The first amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (Constitution). The first amendment is clear but it does not provide any rules to follow in specific situations. The founding fathers wanted to provide the American people the freedom of speech and petition against the government in a peaceful way in order for people to always be able to express how they feel about the government in order to keep a system that is governed by the people. The newly founded America did not want to make the same mistakes that the mother land England made regarding persecution of religion, speech and protesting. By creating the first amendment the United States stands apart from other nations in giving people the right to express themselves about politics, religion and all other subject matters that people wish for the world to know.
Since the writing of the first amendment and the Constitution, there have been vast changes in society. Modern technology has greatly changed the ways in which people communicate with one another and have altered the information that is conveyed between people as well. With new technology comes new problems of enforcing laws and there is the possibility of new interpretations of laws or codes in order to accommodate to the new ways that people interact and the effect that has on every day lives of the people of the United States. The advancements of new technology, and a streaming media have brought new ways of communicating with one another. The Internet, public protesting and expressing one’s opinions on a daily basis have all been greatly affected in the past decades. It is important that the first amendment be interpreted in different ways in order to keep up with a changing society. New regulations and interpretations of the first amendment are necessary to occur because the changing modes of communication have brought new challenges. The ever changing interpretations of obscenity have divided people, and it is necessary for the courts to attempt to draw the lines between what is and is not obscene in order to give the American people guidelines to follow. The court system in recent years has been dealing with many cases having to do with public protesting, protesting anti-war sentiments and content that is posted on the Internet. These cases have changed the way that the first amendment is interpreted and because of the continuing advancements of technology, more cases will arise to cause the public and the court system to continue to re-interpret the first amendment to fit the current society.
-Courts constantly trying to define what obscenity is
-Different opinions from different resources about what is obscene
-Wrap it all up