"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..."
First Amendment, U.S. Constitution
Limits to Free Speech
In 2007, a 13-year old girl from Missouri committed suicide after malicious comments were posted to her MySpace account.
An Exercise in Free Speech?
The Colbert Report, The Word - Wikiality
Wikileaks - This could take up an entire class discussion. As it is, read this overview of Wikileaks and think of how it plays into freedom of speech (and privacy).
The Tucson shooting of 2011 - Talks of freedom of speech swirl around this horrible tragedy. What role does freedom of speech play in an environment of vitriolic and divisive speech by politicians and media outlets? Should freedom of speech carry with it a certain amount of responsibility?
Freedom of Speech - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech
Defamation, slander, and libel - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation
Censorship - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship_in_the_United_States
Hays Code - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hays_Code