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Asians in the Library

Last updated on February 7, 2013

A UCLA student recorded a video rant complaining about about Asians in the library, which went viral (caution re the anonymous comments–they may be offensive).  [Update:  according to the Sacramento Bee, the video may have been a trial balloon for a larger blog presence.]

Since I am teaching communications law and policy right now, this poses a teaching moment on subjects such as:

  • the reach of social media;
  • the right of reply (fairness doctrine v. youtube response videos);
  • privacy (and the lack thereof) since the speaker’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail were almost immediately posted in various comments;
  • intermediary liability (what UCLA might do regarding comments posted on its various sites and blogs; see 47 U.S.C. § 230(c)(2));
  • “bad” content (racist speech v. swear words v. sexual indecency v. violence) and freedom of expression;
  • racism, sexism, violence.

I have asked my students to consider:

  • What advice do you give if you’re an in house lawyer to UCLA?
  • What advice do you give if you’re the speaker’s lawyer?
  • What advice do you give to someone who’s outraged?
  • Are you really shocked by this? See the Rush Limbaugh clip below.

Interesting response videos (some of this may be PG-13):

Story on Rush Limbaugh:

(updated 2/7/2013 10:14 AM to add new link)

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