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In a recent series of articles I have argued that the plight of the street comer speaker, as the test of our freedom, is obsolete. A legal regime that does no more than protect the street comer speaker will not ensure a vibrant democracy, because in this age the character of public debate is determined not by what the street comer speaker has to say, nor by his or her capacity to engage the casual passerby, but rather by the media, especially television. Indeed, street comer activities, whether they be speeches, demonstrations or parades, are staged largely for the television camera and obtain their power from appearing on the evening news.
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