Response to Week 12 – Free Speech is Flunking Out on College Campuses

In Catherine Rampell’s article “Free Speech is Flunking Out on College Campuses” (2015), she demands that the right to freedom of speech is enforced more effectively in college campuses throughout the United States. 

Two Deviant Phrases
“Anti-Cop Fringe =
This defines a movement of individuals, who apart from mainstream societal views, resist and oppose the police.
“Op-Ed” =
“Op-ed” derives from the phrase “opposite of the editorial” and refers to any material printed on the opposite page of the editorial page of a newspaper
Two Vocabulary Word
Self-Flagellation – beating or whipping oneself for religious purposes
Coddle – to treat with excessive care and kindness
Two Abstract Connections 
Rampell declares the necessity for students to be able to freely express themselves through the use of school newspapers and other media outlets. The idea that this basic right is being stripped from citizens is found in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, in which books are similarly burned if they disagree with the views of the government.
Cover shows a drawing of a man, who appears to be made of newspaper and is engulfed in flames, standing on top of some books. His right arm is down and holding what appears to be a paper fireman's hat while his left arm is wiping sweat from the brow of his bowed head. Beside the title and author's name in large text, there is a small caption in the upper left-hand corner that reads, "Wonderful stories by the author of The Golden Apples of the Sun".
The issue of freedom of press addressed in this article can be seen elsewhere in the world. Presently, there are conflicts brewing in Myanmar, Turkey, and Georgia over the right of these countries’ freedom of press and speech. The United States must first protect its citizens’ rights before it is able to serve as the “global policeman” and enforcer of human rights.

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