Free Speech and False Speech

Political Deception and Its Legal Limits (Or Lack Thereof)

Authors: Spicer, Robert N.

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  • The first book to offer an extended analysis of political deception from a political communication and communication law perspective
  • Details the history and philosophical underpinnings of how political speech is regulated in a political and media environment consumed by this question'
  • Applies presented theory to the case of the 2016 US Presidential Election
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About this book

This book examines the history of the legal discourse around political falsehood and its future in the wake of the 2012 US Supreme Court decision in US v. Alvarez through communication law, political philosophy, and communication theory perspectives. As US v. Alvarez confirmed First Amendment protection for lies, Robert N. Spicer addresses how the ramifications of that decision function by looking at statutory and judicial handling of First Amendment protection for political deception. Illustrating how commercial speech is regulated but political speech is not, Spicer evaluates the role of deception in politics and its consequences for democracy in a contemporary political environment where political personalities, partisan media, and dark money donors bend the truth and abuse the virtue of free expression.

About the authors

Robert N. Spicer is Assistant Professor of Digital Journalism at Millersville University, USA. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Media Education, Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, and the Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Lies, Damn Lies, Alternative Facts, Fake News, Propaganda, Pinocchios, Pants on Fire, Disinformation, Misinformation, Post-Truth, Data, and Statistics

    Pages 1-31

    Spicer, Robert N.

  • Conduct, Affiliation, and Messages: A Typology of Statutes Addressing Political Deception

    Pages 33-51

    Spicer, Robert N.

  • The Judicial Discourse in the Handling of Political Misinformation (and Disinformation)

    Pages 53-80

    Spicer, Robert N.

  • Three Recent Cases: Alvarez, 281 CARE, and SBAL

    Pages 81-110

    Spicer, Robert N.

  • Conclusion: Two Paths in the Legal Woods

    Pages 111-125

    Spicer, Robert N.

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eBook $39.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69819-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $54.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-09912-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Free Speech and False Speech
Book Subtitle
Political Deception and Its Legal Limits (Or Lack Thereof)
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69820-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69820-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69819-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09912-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 158
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