Persona Non Grata

Persona Non Grata

The Death Of Free Speech In The Internet Age

Book - 2014
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In February 2013, Tom Flanagan, acclaimed academic, University of Calgary professor, and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, made comments surrounding the issue of viewing child pornography that were tweeted from the event he was speaking at and broadcast worldwide. In the time it took to drive from Lethbridge to his home in Calgary, Flanagan's career and reputation were virtually in tatters. Every media outlet made the story front-page news, most of them deriding Flanagan and casting him as a pariah.
Publisher: Toronto :, Signal,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780771030536
0771030533
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22 cm.

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This is an excellent read and a significant contribution to political science. It a serious analysis of how much the world has changed in the last twenty years with the advent of the internet, social media and smart phones. Free speech is threatened as well as the opportunity for frank discussion in a university setting. Tom Flanagan asked a significant question concerning the "moral panic" over child pornography and we need to be able to have these discussions in a free society. His viewpoint is well-reasoned and articulate.

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johnsankey
Jan 14, 2015

"Those who seek to demonize error, rather than forgive it, are among the most insidious enemies of academic freedom."

I'll omit the word "academic".

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talktimereader
Sep 13, 2014

It is not OK to view child pornography. It negatively affects the child and viewer. Tom Flanagan is like a stranger in a strange land on this topic. Appaling book written to try to excuse his misstatements. He blames feminists, the political left, feminists, first nations, LGBT, and feminists for people misunderstanding his comments. Where is the sense of responsibility, maturity, second thought before making widely heard public statements and most of all....where is Tom's filter? It is not OK to remain for 2 years on the mailing list for National (sic) Man/Boy Love Associations, no matter who you claim put you on it!

superglu2 Aug 18, 2014

Fairly well written, and an interesting intro to an important topic. Flanagan's politics are obvious and there is some pay back to the Idle No More activists who started the controversy, but the book is well worth reading

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