Persona Non Grata: The Death Of Free Speech In The Internet Age by Tom FlanaganPersona Non Grata: The Death Of Free Speech In The Internet Age by Tom Flanagan

Persona Non Grata: The Death Of Free Speech In The Internet Age

byTom Flanagan

Paperback | March 3, 2015

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Now in paperback, a passionate and edgy defense of free speech in Canada, and the role the internet plays in the issue--from an acclaimed writer and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

     On February 28th, 2013, Tom Flanagan, well-known author, University of Calgary professor, and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, made comments about the punishment for viewing child pornography that were tweeted from the event he was speaking at and broadcast worldwide. Following the event, in the two-and-a-half hours it took to drive from Lethbridge to his home in Calgary, Flanagan's career and reputation came under siege. Every media outlet made the story front-page news, most of them deriding Flanagan and casting him as a pariah. His university, the Prime Minister's Office, other influential politicians, and much of the media, including the CBC, made him persona non grata before he even had a chance to explain the comments he made. 
     Persona Non Grata is a superb and convincing defense of free speech--not just in Canada but everywhere--in the age of the Internet, a double-edged sword when it comes to freedom of expression.
Educated at Notre Dame and Duke universities, TOM FLANAGAN has taught political science at the University of Calgary since 1968. He is the Donner Prize-winning author of numerous books, especially on aboriginal rights and history, and on political parties and campaigning. He has also managed campaigns and advised leaders of conservativ...
Title:Persona Non Grata: The Death Of Free Speech In The Internet AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.98 × 5.17 × 0.71 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771030835

ISBN - 13:9780771030833

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well thought out look at a very Canadian controversy and other mportant issues Tom Flanagan applies his scholarly skill to write a memoir of a single incident: his now infamous remarks regarding viewers of child pornography. What results is an interesting look at the concepts of academic freedom, free speech, community standards, the reach of the law, exploitation of crises and the like. Without pitying himself, Flanagan explains his side of the story and his case against imprisoning all child pornography viewers. You may not agree with him on every (or any point) but this is a fascinating book written with panache that I think people should read.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written and thought provoking read This is an excellent read and a significant contribution to political science. It a serious analysis of how much the world has changed in the last twenty years with the advent of the internet, social media and smart phones. Free speech is threatened as well as the opportunity for frank discussion in a university setting. Tom Flanagan asked a significant question concerning the "moral panic" over child pornography and we need to be able to have these discussions in a free society. His viewpoint is well-reasoned and articulate.
Date published: 2015-05-04

Editorial Reviews

   • "A very compelling case about the insidious impact of social media and new technology on public debate, academic freedom and freedom of speech." Toronto Star    • "[This is] a settling of scores, a polemic about intellectual freedom, and a firsthand account from the pyre at a public burning. As a work of personal journalism, the book is compelling, even terrifying." Globe and Mail    • [Persona Non Grata raises] an important question about the Internet as a venue for conducting the conversations we need to have. Could it be that the Web's global reach, as well as the elaborate and sophisticated forms of social media that come with it, actually stifles freedom of expression rather than promotes it?" The Walrus