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By Paul McLane 2/27/2013 3:58 PM
Harry Cole muses on a complex regulatory question that could involve 'hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of complaints or other potential violations'
By Paul McLane 2/21/2013 8:32 AM
The Library of Congress plan envisions a national directory of available obsolete equipment
By Paul McLane 2/14/2013 8:28 AM
“It is essential to develop technologies that can be used to efficiently reformat the vast quantities of recorded sound residing in major archival collections before their carriers degrade.”
By Paul McLane 2/13/2013 11:20 AM
Yay, Library of Congress, for starting to tackle the question of how the U.S. can better preserve our radio heritage
By Al Peterson 2/5/2013 4:53 PM
Did this sell more cookies?
By Paul McLane 2/4/2013 10:33 AM
A Super Bowl photo tweet captures the excitement of live radio coverage
2/1/2013 8:37 PM
In the wake of the Bubba the Love Sponge trial for defamation, Bill O’Shaughnessy reminds us that sometimes free speech isn’t free. While technically not a First Amendment case, it was a civil action after all, the trial did raise the specter of using the law and the court system as a way to intimidate or silence those that we dislike or disagree with. Here is O’Shaughnessy’s paean to the triumph of justice in Tampa.

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2/28/2013 6:14:00 PM
I bet he loves driving this baby down the highway.
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2/27/2013 7:58:00 PM
Harry Cole muses on a complex regulatory question that could involve 'hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of complaints or other potential violations'
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2/21/2013 12:32:00 PM
The Library of Congress plan envisions a national directory of available obsolete equipment
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2/14/2013 12:28:00 PM
“It is essential to develop technologies that can be used to efficiently reformat the vast quantities of recorded sound residing in major archival collections before their carriers degrade.”
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2/13/2013 3:20:00 PM
Yay, Library of Congress, for starting to tackle the question of how the U.S. can better preserve our radio heritage
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2/5/2013 8:53:00 PM
Did this sell more cookies?
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2/4/2013 2:33:00 PM
A Super Bowl photo tweet captures the excitement of live radio coverage
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2/2/2013 12:37:00 AM

In the wake of the Bubba the Love Sponge trial for defamation, Bill O’Shaughnessy reminds us that sometimes free speech isn’t free. While technically not a First Amendment case, it was a civil action after all, the trial did raise the specter of using the law and the court system as a way to intimidate or silence those that we dislike or disagree with. Here is O’Shaughnessy’s paean to the triumph of justice in Tampa.

Free Speech

Some of it ain’t so pretty …
But all of it needs to be protected.

Words that are sweet, awkward, horrific, barely audible, obscene, political, clumsy, uncomfortable, sexy, crude, inarticulate, cutting, just plain silly, x-rated, excessive, dangerous, insulting, serious, scintillating, disappointing, discursive, provocative, disgusting, vulgar, disjointed, unfair, dismissive, inappropriate, stupid, uninhibited, risqué, droll, suggestive, dull, soothing, exhilarating, tormented, slanted, ferocious, coarse, halting, anti-religious, harmful to the community, revolting, humorous, improper, amoral, oneiric, dreary, dolorous, noble, brave, ignoble, resolute, doughty, biased, alliterative, inappropriate, immoral, sacrilegious, un-American, anarchistic, in error, sexual, inane, cutting edge, incendiary, not serious, appropriate, incorrect, lusty, offensive, insane, passionate, inspiring, beyond the pale, jumbled, florid, long-winded, loud, blunt, lyrical, meaningless, chaste, suggestive, charming, scary, moral, nutty, desperate, out of bounds, over the top, overblown, pedantic, pointed, pointless, popular, prurient,  pungent, rambling, raucous, religious, ribald, dissonant, rough, serene, sloppy, inartful, soaring, sublime, bawdy, subtle, thoughtful, indecent, truthful, unclear, nasty, unpleasant, unpopular, vague, witty are all part of the essential language of America.

The language of America must be protected.

All of it. By all of us.

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