Concept Week 11

Right to free speech: Difference between protections for political vs. commercial speech

For starters according to the Ohio State Bar Association “commercial speech” is a phrase that came from the U.S. Supreme  Court decision in 1942 when an owner of World War 1 vintage submarine brought a lawsuit against the City of New York when they said that he could not pass out flyers advertising tours of his Sub. They come up with the conciseness that commercial speech refers to speech that is either printed, broadcast or on the internet that advertises a product or service. Such things have caused the U.S Supreme Court to rule that “political speech” is speech that deals with issues of public interest or that of social concern. Thus political speech is entitled to full protection under the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution while commercial speech is given much less protection due to the fact that some material being shown on a commercial may be “false or misleading” .


Discussion Week 12

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

I do not believe that my concept definitions were relied on from random sites as well as Wikipedia but I did make the mistake on not citing where I received my information that I paraphrased. So technically I “did” plagiarize but unknowingly. The major factor that I know for a fact I plagiarized was the pictures that I used in my posts. I apologize for not doing so and I know now that I MUST always site where I get my pictures along with videos that I use. I was even told that people have been kicked out of classes or failed a project due to the fact that they did not cite where they found their pictures. It is better to shape up now, then not at all.

Discussion Question 15

Over the past semester, what did you find most interesting, and what was least interesting, about the course?

By Jimmy Lavorato

To me, the most interesting part of this class was analyzing my own media usage and comparing that with my peers. It was interesting to see how much of my life is driven by the media and how the internet is such a vital part of not just my education, but also my entertainment. Then we started to discuss rights to speech and privacy, where it became evident of just how much information of others is easily available on the internet. It’s very fascinating to me how connected the world is and how by using the internet properly as a tool for information, you can make many connections about the current world. Another thing I enjoyed was looking outside of the US and learning about how they differ from us. The artifact project was a good way to explore different cultures, which is why I picked a topic that was outside of the US. I didn’t really find any content less interesting because I was able to come up with my own media story analysis, I found that when I was able to search and identify media stories of my own that applied to the topic, I got a better understanding of it then if I was just given an example.

Discussion Question 14

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

Austin M.

When I am on the Internet I have specific rights and responsibilities to protect my information. The way I see it though is that I have the right to, or not to, give the information across the Internet. I do not have to put my birthday, social security number, etc. on to the Internet if I decide not too. These numbers or sensitive data may be required for certain access to services on the Internet but I am not being forced to release that information. I can hold back that information and not use those Internet services. That is where my responsibility comes into play. I can protect my privacy by being more conservative in my use. If I share something on the Internet, I am responsible for it. If somebody posts something of me on the Internet, I have responsibilities and consequences stemming from that. I remember a Criminal Justice professor was saying to no get caught with pictures of underage drinking or suspicious activity on the Internet. The reason being is that employers may look at social networks to find information about you. If you are applying for a government job, those pictures will hurt your chances. I should be responsible for those postings or information. So in terms of privacy, if I do not want everybody to see my profile or sensitive information, I could set my privacy measures to certain degrees to restrict access from unwanted users. I also could protect my privacy from not even posting those images, statuses, or information. When it comes to typing important information into the Internet, it is my right to choose to do so and my responsibility to trust the website to keep it secure. I should look at the security measures they take, or read the terms and agreement page they give me to read. I just usually check those boxes without reading. So my responsibility is to deal with any possible consequences of releasing that information. I think that by using the Internet, we are playing on a different playground. I think we are willing to follow rules of that specific playground when it comes to terms of privacy. If you do not want yourself to be seen on that playground, than maybe use a more conservative approach or do not release the information. Not trying to be mean but I just mean that you voluntarily put the information on the Internet and it may be intercepted. Which is unfortunate if it was not supposed to be intercepted. The Internet can be a tricky but helpful resource.

Discussion Week 14


What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

By: Shelby Schroeder

This is an issue that has come up many times about the internet.  I remember back when I was in high school and middle school we actually had speakers come discuss how public the internet actually is, and how it makes you susceptible to many criminals whether they be sex offenders or people who are trying to steal your identity.  While this can make our parents pretty antsy about letting us “kids” go on the internet I overall think we are responsible for what we do on the internet.  i think we have to be smart about what we post and make sure that our Facebook is protected by passwords, and I think it’s smart to have strict privacy settings.  It’s really all up to the individual, if you want someone to see everything about you, that’s your decision.  I think it’s also smart to protect everything will good passwords, and make sure that we don’t go tell all our friends our passwords; you never know who they might tell.  Overall, I think websites have the options for us to have protected lives on the internet; it’s just up to the individual as to whether or not we utilize them.

Discussion Question #14

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

By: Marina Eggen

My privacy on the Internet is my responsibility.  If I don’t want the whole Internet population to see something I said, or a picture I shouldn’t put that on the Internet.  There are other ways that privacy can be extended past self-regulated privacy.  There are settings on social networking sites that limit who can see your profile.  There are passwords on emails, and many other websites to keep privacy.  There are ways to delete, and block people you don’t want to see your profile.  Overall I think that it is the individuals job to protect its privacy by not uploading anything that they don’t want to be seen by everyone.  It is my right to post anything about/of myself on the Internet but I have to be prepared and reminded that many people will be able to see it.  For personal privacy self-regulation is needed to obtain full privacy.  There are always ways for people to get around the privacy settings on Facebook, for example, but there is no way to get around a picture that isn’t on the Internet at all.  My privacy on the Internet is my responsibility.

Discussion Week 14

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

By Jimmy Lavorato

I think that the main discussion about internet privacy will always include facebook. Most of us who are well connected to the technological world know how to use most features of social networking sites, including the privacy settings. For those who are not as educated in that field, don’t know just how much information they are revealing about themselves- able to be viewed by virtually anyone. When you post a picture of yourself on a site like facebook, that image stays on the internet forever. If you have ever googled yourself on google images(I get bored sometimes) then you see that your facebook profile picture comes up. It’s a scary idea that your life can basically be viewed by complete strangers. A certain amount of common sense is required to protect yourself, it’s never a good idea to post information that you wouldn’t verbally say to a stranger. Being responsible on the internet is not just limited to protecting yourself, you also can harm others by not respecting their privacy. Gossip, rumors and lying are all dangerous ways of harming someone online. If some person were to write a rumor on facebook, it could spread like wildfire and might have the potential to ruin someones life. When on the internet, people should represent themselves with dignity and integrity.