Should There Ever Be a Limit to Freedom of Speech?


It seems like our linked-up electronic world is full of tragic university shootings, devastating MySpace-fueled suicides, and this: a college website called JuicyCampus.com.

The website available on dozens of campuses, encourages anonymous threads commenting on students' sexual exploits, and features content like, "Top Ten Freshman Sluts" and "The Jews ruin this school." While students usually fall on the side of greater electronic freedom, apparently this site has gone too far. A Facebook group called "Ban JuicyCampus" has hundreds of members, and the student government at Pepperdine University voted 23-5 to ask for a ban of the site on campus. The electronic medium had real world consequences for a now-former student at Loyola Marymount, who was arrested after allegedly posting a threat of a campus shooting spree on JuicyCampus.

The popularity of this site is waning as students stop visiting in protest of its objectionable content. Is that enough? Is the best remedy for harmful speech to ignore it? Are the students of Pepperdine right to vote a limit on this kind of speech?

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