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Title: “On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes” Vs “Only Speech Codes Should Be Censored”
Thesis: Both articles, “On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes” and “Only Speech Codes Should Be Censored” speak out against University speech codes and the need for free speech based on the purpose of the articles, the explanations for why speech codes exist, and the alternatives given in the place of speech codes. I. Introduction a. Describe what free speech is, and give a general importance of it. b. Thesis: Both articles, “On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes” and “Only Speech Codes Should Be Censored” speak out against University speech codes and the need for free speech based on the purpose of the articles, the explanations for why speech codes exist, and the alternatives given in the place of speech codes. II. Compare and Contrast both article’s main purpose. a. Both articles are against speech codes. b. Define the first amendment c. Describe the importance of free speech in institutions of higher learning d. Give examples from both articles, and how they feel that free speech is important. III. Compare and Contrast both article’s explanations for why speech codes exist. a. “On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes” believes that speech codes started with good intentions, but the institution cannot keep up. A. Give examples, and quotes. b. “Only Speech Codes Should Be Censored” believes that speech codes have an ulterior motive. A. Speech codes are made to protect the administration. B. Give examples and quotes. IV. Compare and Contrast the alternatives given by each article. a. Both articles gave alternatives that universities should use in the place of speech codes. b. “On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes” gave alternatives based towards things that institutions should be more worried about and that intolerant speech and conduct can be avoided. A. Intolerance can be avoided through example B. There are worse versions of misconduct besides speech. c. “Only Speech Codes Should Be Censored” gave alternatives that leaned towards educating those who use hate speech. A. Alternative include “opening forums, conducting lawful demonstrations or vigils, or simply issuing invitations to public debates.

V. Conclusion a. Thesis b. Both articles had many similarities, but also varied in different areas. c. Summarize both article’s version of the importance of the First Amendment. d. “Each generation should be encouraged to develop the skills to contribute to it. Doing so requires an atmosphere of freedom-an atmosphere in which fundamental values are questioned, tested, reformulated, and revitalized, not turned into stale dogma.”

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