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ERIC Number: ED071115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 10
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How Communication Theory Could Be Used to Improve Judicial Decisions on Freedom of Expression.
Forston, Robert F.
The author considers the current position of the Supreme Court on the First Amendment and the right of free speech. There are questions of distinction between what constitutes lawful or unlawful expressions of opinion, including the use of symbolic conduct, with respect to the communicator's intent, his effectiveness, and the clear and present danger of the act. The author proposes use of a communications game theory to assist in distinguishing between lawful and lawless communication. Using sports events as analogies, he discusses rules, tactics, and customs and their functions in games. He concludes that this game model could serve as a "unique, flexible perspective" for analysis of communication situations, particularly in making decisions about protection under the First Amendment and violations of free speech. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Western Speech Communication Assn. Convention (Honolulu, November 1972)