It is easy to overlook the importance of freedom of speech in our modern world, where it often seems “anything goes.” In actuality, freedom of speech issues are still highly relevant in the 21st century, even if our cultural and social contexts now allow many forms of expression that were unacceptable in previous eras. This book focuses on how freedom of speech is reflected in pop culture by looking at the films, websites, television shows, and songs that have touched on—and impacted—this issue. It examines specific examples of freedom of speech issues within everything from print media to music, theater, photography, film, television, sports, video games, and social media and demonstrates that pop culture sometimes contributes to the expansion of freedom of speech.
- Covers freedom of speech issues in popular culture in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the present day
- Examines everything from banned books to comic book censorship, music, theater, photography, film, television, video games, and social media
- Enables readers to better appreciate how freedom of speech and expression is a subtext in most aspects of daily life