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Dare to Speak
- Defending Free Speech for All
- Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
- Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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"A must read." (Margaret Atwood)
A vital, necessary playbook for navigating and defending free speech today by the CEO of PEN America, Dare to Speak provides a pathway for promoting free expression while also cultivating a more inclusive public culture.
Online trolls and fascist chat groups. Controversies over campus lectures. Cancel culture versus censorship. The daily hazards and debates surrounding free speech dominate headlines and fuel social media storms. In an era where one tweet can launch - or end - your career, and where free speech is often invoked as a principle but rarely understood, learning to maneuver the fast-changing, treacherous landscape of public discourse has never been more urgent.
In Dare to Speak, Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, freewheeling, but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips listeners with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression.
At a time when free speech is often pitted against other progressive axioms - namely diversity and equality - Dare to Speak presents a clear-eyed argument that the drive to create a more inclusive society need not, and must not, compromise robust protections for free speech. Nossel provides concrete guidance on how to reconcile these two sets of core values within universities, on social media, and in daily life. She advises listeners how to:
- Use language conscientiously without self-censoring ideas;
- Defend the right to express unpopular views;
- And protest without silencing speech.
Nossel warns against the increasingly fashionable embrace of expanded government and corporate controls over speech, warning that such strictures can reinforce the marginalization of lesser-heard voices. She argues that creating an open market of ideas demands aggressive steps to remedy exclusion and ensure equal participation.
Replete with insightful arguments, colorful examples, and salient advice, Dare to Speak brings much-needed clarity and guidance to this pressing - and often misunderstood - debate.
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- Anonymous User
Intense, yet nuanced.
Nossel takes time to represent strong and diverse arguments from various viewpoints in one of the most unbiased evaluations of the contemporary American discussion space I have ever read. The author takes the time to develop statements which actively acknowledge serious underlying issues in our everyday digital and real-life interactions, as well as backing grounded and realistic contemplation of where speech will go in our country of the US, as well as the world abroad.