It Makes Voices Louder: Why the Punishment of Free Speech is Counterintuitive
Caroline Lavin Herling
Diversity of thought is required for progress. However, the differing desired result of “progress” has proven to be an extreme point of contention between individuals and authorities. Of course, with the unbridled nature of free speech comes a spectrum of battling ethics, fallacies, and disparate perspectives of "truth". When authorities get involved to promote a singular viewpoint the diversity that paints the whole picture of the human experience is lost and people with the erased voices react. Ai WeiWei’s 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows, public outrage over Florida's “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and Jennifer Rossuck’s study of censorship and banned books show that perspectives are recovered when the masses are inspired, specific media attention is earned, and public interest is sparked.
R. Darden Bradshaw, Michelle Hayford
Primary Advisor's Department
Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
"It Makes Voices Louder: Why the Punishment of Free Speech is Counterintuitive" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2653.