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Old 2007-09-26, 14:03   #1
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Well recently the editor-in-chief of my college newspaper decided to write a cute little column entitled, "Taser this... FUCK BUSH" in GIANT print. I am all for free speech, but in my opinion this crosses the line, it was just completely tasteless and makes our school look terrible. Here is a link to an article I found:

http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs....TES01/70921018

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Old 2007-09-26, 14:45   #2
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It is pretty childish imo and I am all for free speech, I think you are right it is a bit tasteless and does cross the line. You better have a damned good article behind a headline like that if you want to get away with it.

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Old 2007-09-26, 15:08   #3
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Why don't you use free speech to get back at them? It goes both ways.
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Old 2007-09-26, 15:18   #4
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Sounds stupid and immature, and probably looks that way. But who cares, they can do whatever they want with their newspaper, and they're free to do whatever they want. Worst thing that can happen is that they'll lose a couple of readers who'll think that school newspapers aren't really the place to express your anger without having anything insightful to say.

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Old 2007-09-26, 15:32   #5
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It was an editorial then wasn't it? Newspapers inheritently take political stands in a society of free press to stimulate debate at the least. And Dunehunter is spot on; Write a letter to the editor, that's what he/she is pitching for.

Even if one were to agree with the editorial, the Bold text is troubling because the newspaper belongs to the university. As far as The "F" bomb? It's part of our colloquial speech in a time of quasi-illiteracy and Orwellian "new-speak". I wish people would get over it.

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Old 2007-09-26, 15:35   #6
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Oh? Next time maybe they'll all be ganging up together and using their supposed amendment rights/free speech and other rights to use obscenity against people like :

"Taser this.


Bush, you're a C***"


It is England that has no censorship on the written word with some slight rules against inciting hatred/violence and personal attacks on people (libel)

Maybe if he'd said "F*** police procedure using tasers against students" it would have been acceptable. But against a person, no way.

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Old 2007-09-26, 21:53   #7
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Sounds stupid and immature, and probably looks that way. But who cares, they can do whatever they want with their newspaper, and they're free to do whatever they want. Worst thing that can happen is that they'll lose a couple of readers who'll think that school newspapers aren't really the place to express your anger without having anything insightful to say.
I'm actually not sure if the paper is sponsored at all by the school, but I know they lost about $30,000 from advertisers and had to do some budget cuts.

I'm actually not pissed off by the headline, I am more pissed off that it is giving my school a bad rep. There was a part of the paper this week with letters to the editor regarding this headline and many people wrote how they would do everything possible not to hire a graduate of CSU, how they would not send their children here anymore, what this says about our university, pretty much calling the university as a whole a bunch of morons (which isn't the case).

If this paper had no connection to my school I wouldn't give a crap, but it's making me, and my classmates, look like idiots.

This editorial is affecting our entire school, not just this asshole.

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Old 2007-09-26, 22:09   #8
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I'm actually not sure if the paper is sponsored at all by the school, but I know they lost about $30,000 from advertisers and had to do some budget cuts.
Its not sponsored by the school, otherwise they would have that assholes head in the deans office.

But dude the best thing you and all others can do to get back at them is purely simple.


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as it is the only thing you can do about Free Speech that you dont like

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Old 2007-09-26, 22:11   #9
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Well, I would, but the paper is free so it wouldn't really do anything.

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Old 2007-09-26, 22:45   #10
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I hate how people think that freedom from law means freedom from responsibility. You have the freedom to stockpile enough weapons in your home to start WWIII. You have the responsibility not to. You have the freedom to become an alcoholic until child services has to take your kids away, but you have the responsibility not to. You have the freedom to start crap for no reason by printing a childish statement, but you have the responsibility not to.

It's attitudes like the one that allows this kid to think it's OK to write whatever the hell he likes that makes people want the government to outlaw anything they don't like, leading to a paternalist nanny-state (see drugs, prostitution, and pornography).

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