Freedom of expression is again in the news.
Simon Tam has won his case before the US Supreme Court, allowing him to trademark the name of his all-Asian rock band, the Slants. But this ruling opens the door to people who want to trademark other offensive names — or hold on to existing ones. Is that okay? How do we distinguish between reclamation and vilification?
Linguist Daniel Midgley talks it over with Simon Tam on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Abraham Lincoln’s Bixby Letter Mystery Finally Solved After 150 Years
Abe Lincoln mystery ‘almost certainly’ solved using technique that unmasked JK Rowling
Joe Nickell’s analysis
Google Books link
Great slides from Andrea Nini
Paper: Attributing the Bixby Letter using n-gram tracing
The Slants’ Simon Tam Wins Supreme Court Case to Trademark Offensive Band Name
Supreme Court: Rejecting trademarks that ‘disparage’ others violates the First Amendment
An indie rock band just cleared the way for the Washington Redskins to keep their racist name
Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights
Listen to The Slants: The Band Who Must Not Be Named
Seattle band Thunderpussy awaits Supreme Court ruling on controversial names
Facebook community standards under scrutiny as out and proud ‘dykes’ banned
— Nancy Friedman (@Fritinancy) 26 April 2017
Richard Dawkins deplatformed at a book talk in Berkeley for “abusive speech” about Islam on Twitter
Richard Dawkins’ Open Letter to the People Who Canceled His Event
Organizations have the right to not invite Richard Dawkins — or me — to speak
‘Disinvite’ or ‘Uninvite’?
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Image credit: Simon Tam