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Media: Is Speech Regulation the Sewage Control of Society?

Submitter: Brent Woo

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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: Dr. Annabelle Lukin, a lecturer in linguistics at Macquarie University in
Australia, likens speech regulations to sewage control: 'Dumping of
pollution is subject to regulation because of its effects on our physical
environment... When we regulate speech, it is for the protection of the
social environment.'

The comments section reveals a wide range of opinions about how
appropriate the comparison is. Sociolinguists and politicians alike have
much to say about 'freedom of speech', especially in the face of 'political

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Issue Number: 22.3947
Date Posted: October 08, 2011