publication . Article . 2011

Communication, stereotypes and dignity: The inadequacy of the liberal case against censorship

Lucas, Peter;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2011 Journal: Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, volume 2, pages 255-265 (issn: 1757-1952, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Intellect
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
<jats:p>J. S. Mill's case against censorship rests on a conception of relevant communications as truth apt. If the communication is true, everyone benefits from the opportunity to exchange error for truth. If it is false, we benefit from the livelier impression truth makes when it collides with error. This classical liberal model is not however adequate for today's world. In particular, it is inadequate for dealing with the problem of stereotyping. Much contemporary communication is not truth apt. Advertising and journalism, film and fashion portray images that can be neither verified nor refuted. Moreover, where these images do bear some relation to reality, an...
Subjects
free text keywords: Sociology, Truth-apt, Liberalism, Classical liberalism, Harm, Dignity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Censorship, Injustice, Stereotype, Social science, V590
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publication . Article . 2011

Communication, stereotypes and dignity: The inadequacy of the liberal case against censorship

Lucas, Peter;