Persona Non Grata

Persona Non Grata

The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age

Book - 2014
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From a professor and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a passionate and edgy defense of free speech in Canada, and the role the internet plays on the issue. While Flanagan's book is hardly the first on the subject, what make this different is the component of the internet, a tool that is very much a double-edged sword when it comes to freedom of expression - it allows people to have an unfiltered voice to say what they want, and it allows those to use it to be judge, jury, and executioner against those whose opinions they disagree with. This is a controversial book on a controversial topic and it will get a lot of media attention.
Publisher: Toronto : Signal, 2014
ISBN: 9780771030536
Branch Call Number: 323.4430971 FLA NVD
Characteristics: 248 p. : 22 cm


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This is an excellent read and a significant contribution to political science. It a serious analysis of how much the world has changed in the last twenty years with the advent of the internet, social media and smart phones. Free speech is threatened as well as the opportunity for frank discussion in a university setting. Tom Flanagan asked a significant question concerning the "moral panic" over child pornography and we need to be able to have these discussions in a free society. His viewpoint is well-reasoned and articulate.

Jan 14, 2015

"Those who seek to demonize error, rather than forgive it, are among the most insidious enemies of academic freedom."

I'll omit the word "academic".

Sep 13, 2014

It is not OK to view child pornography. It negatively affects the child and viewer. Tom Flanagan is like a stranger in a strange land on this topic. Appaling book written to try to excuse his misstatements. He blames feminists, the political left, feminists, first nations, LGBT, and feminists for people misunderstanding his comments. Where is the sense of responsibility, maturity, second thought before making widely heard public statements and most of all....where is Tom's filter? It is not OK to remain for 2 years on the mailing list for National (sic) Man/Boy Love Associations, no matter who you claim put you on it!

superglu2 Aug 18, 2014

Fairly well written, and an interesting intro to an important topic. Flanagan's politics are obvious and there is some pay back to the Idle No More activists who started the controversy, but the book is well worth reading

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