ERIC Number: ED380120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-14
Reference Count: N/A
Erotized, AIDS-HIV Information in Court: A Study in State Censorship, Cultural Resistance, and First Amendment Issues Affecting Information Delivery in Information Centers.
Lukenbill, W. Bernard
This study analyzes court records of a county-level trial in Austin, Texas, in which erotized AIDS-HIV safer-sex information shown on a public access cable television program was claimed by the State of Texas to be obscene. This trial raised questions regarding such issues as: free access to information, especially through new technological devices advanced by the information superhighway concept; the need for life-saving health information; and the impact of culture and social norms on how people are allowed to receive and encouraged to process information. The nature of the sexual value controversy in American society is outlined, and it is explained how erotic materials, although defended and used by many as a legitimate form of safer-sex information, often conflict with broad-based sexual and community values. The study considers how the provision of erotized, HIV-AIDS information products can be a form of radical political actions designed to force societal change. Legal literature related to First Amendment issues is examined; and legal reviews are used to highlight major issues which emerged during the trial and appeal process, and which seem important to broadly defined First Amendment rights and the dissemination of HIV-AIDS and safer-sex information through libraries, information centers, and emerging electronic information systems. Court record analysis includes statements from the defendants, opening final arguments for the state and the defendants, closing final arguments of the state, and the appeal of the convictions. (Contains 41 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)