Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology
§230 and Tinfoil Hats: What Conspiracy Theories Teach Us About the Marketplace of Ideas and Online Speech
Famously imputed into First Amendment jurisprudence by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, the Marketplace of Ideas is a foundational paradigm in free speech theory. However, current trends in social discourse suggest the Marketplace has crashed. Conspiracy theories illustrate this crash as a story of unintended consequences and, paradoxically, a consequence of judicial and legislative efforts to prevent it. Acknowledging the popularity and widespread use of the internet and social media, I explore solutions to rejuvenate the Marketplace of Ideas and better align its prominence in First Amendment doctrine with the reality of the current speech landscape.
Connor B. Flannery,
§230 and Tinfoil Hats: What Conspiracy Theories Teach Us About the Marketplace of Ideas and Online Speech,
Cath. U. J. L. & Tech
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