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Taking Offence (Manifestos for the Twenty-First Century)

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From plays to cartoons, books to Teddy Bears—interest groups, often using the language of human rights, are claiming that they are offended and attempting to ban, gag, even kill, those deemed to be the offenders. Intellectual heavyweights throughout the Anglo-American world of letters have charged to the defence of free expression. There have been many highly charged incidents, in particular around Islam, offering opportunities for an orgy of media self-congratulation about the superiority of secular democracy and the vital role of the press in supporting freedom. Using his experience as editor of New Humanist (itself accused of 'offensiveness'), Melville tries to disentangle the varieties of offence, to trace the origins of our current situation to the failed identity politics of the 1970s and the new language of human rights, and to distinguish between the duty to offend and the temptations of cultural chauvinism.

About the Author

CASPAR MELVILLE has been editor of New Humanist magazine since 2005. He formerly worked as executive editor for the online magazine openDemocracy. He has a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmith's College, London, where he also taught. He has contributed to several academic books and his journalism has appeared in The LA Times, Toronto Star, Sunday Telegraph, Village Voice, New Humanist, Comment is Free and many obscure music magazines.

Table of Contents

In the Wake of 9/11
The Free Society: My Part in its Downfall
Institutionalizing Thin Skin
A Clash of Pieties
Multiculturalism: Empowering Islam
A Media Manifesto

Product Details

ISBN:
9781906497026
Author:
Melville, Caspar
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Author:
Melville, Casper
Subject:
POL039000
Subject:
Censorship
Subject:
General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Manifestos for the 21st Century
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
-4 x 4.5 in

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