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Last edit: 13:41, 23 October 2007

Hi John,

When I first saw this photo - I couldn't resist including it in our tutorials. I'm fascinated by the notion of paradox in our "modern" world. At face value the "freedom of speech" area seems like a good thing, yet as you point out, it's ironic that we need a designated area to practice "freedom of speech"!

You should Google the college about the history around this sign. If I remember correctly there are specified requirements around free speech of students at pubically funded colleges (now I'm not sure if this is a state or federal requirement) - which is paradoxical given the constitutional support for freedom of speech that is enshrined in the constitution.

I'm far from being an expert on the American constitution and its relationships to freedom of speech at publically funded institions.

Futhermore - you're very right about freedom of speech being hurtful or scandalous - which brings into the conversation the philosophical relationships between freedom and responsibility.

All up - a fascinating image.

Cheers Wayne

Mackiwg (talk)13:41, 23 October 2007