9.418 CMC Magazine special issue

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Wed, 27 Dec 1995 18:43:05 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 418.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: John Arthur December <decemj@rpi.edu> (91)
Subject: Re: CMC Magazine Special Issue

[The following has been passed to Humanist by Charles Ess, Philosophy and
Religion Department, Drury College, Springfield, MO, with this note:

I hope that the following is appropriate for posting on HUMANIST.
I might add: not only are the articles themselves helpful and
pertinent to the pornography/censorship/free speech discussion -
but they also use the hypertextual dimensions of the Web to expand
and complement the original essay/argument. As such, they stand
as an interesting example of one kind of scholarly publishing on
the Net - and thus they may help catalyze more development of that
thread of discussion on HUMANIST.

I will certainly be interested in receiving responses from HUMANIST
readers - either with regard to the philosophical arguments and
positions themselves, and/or with regard to the hypertextual shaping
of the essays as an example of scholarly publishing on the Web.

Cheers, and best wishes for the new year --
Charles Ess
Philosophy and Religion Department
Drury College
Springfield, MO 65802 USA

Discussion will be most welcome. --WM]

The January 1996 issue of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC)
Magazine is now on the Web:


This special issue is devoted to philosophical perspectives
on free speech and CMC. CMC Magazine also presents a new
look at its new Web home; and this issue marks the
start of its third volume.

Here is the January 1996 table of contents:

Masthead Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 3, Number 1 / January 1, 1996

Publisher's Page
The Congress and the Net... A New Home for CMC
Magazine... How to navigate our new look.


* Guest Editor's Page
Charles Ess introduces this special issue on the
philosophical perspectives of the free speech
debate in computer-mediated communication. This
issue's goal is to present philosophical argument
to approach greater clarity and possible
consensus on the issues of free speech online.

* The Genesis of this Special Issue
CMC Magazine assistant editor Kevin Hunt traces
the genesis of this special issue from our August
1995 issue on the "cyberporn" controversy.

Philosophical Perspectives on Free Speech and CMC

* Sexually Explicit Materials and the Internet
Douglas Birsch describes the kinds of material on
the Internet and its categorization. From a
philsophical perspective, this material suggests
some definitions and implications for legal and
human rights.

* A Dialogical Perspective of Feminism and Pornography
Robert Cavalier shatters the idea that debate on
pornography need only follow a liberal or
conservative view. There are other ways of
considering and discussing pornography using a
dialogical approach.

* A Plea to Ignore the Consequences of Free Speech
Susan Dwyer asks us to reject consquentialist
terms in debating the limits on free speech;
instead, she calls for a position in which those
who argue to restrict pornography and hate speech
must say something more about the ways in which
these things threaten some people's substantive

* Wizards, Toads, and Ethics
Wes Cooper reflects on his experiences as a
founder and administrator of a MOO and the
ethical issues his experience raised.

* A Plea for Understanding Beyond False Dilemmas on the Net
Charles Ess establishes another way way out of
the apparent dilemma between unrestricted free
speech and egregious censorship.

The U. S. Congress isn't thinking globally...

Letters to the editor always welcome: mailto:john@december.com

Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine

CMC Magazine reports on people, events, applications, and study
related to computer-mediated communication (CMC). It draws on an
interdisciplinary mix of perspectives from communication, technology,
journalism, and other disciplines. CMC Magazine publishes news,
features, essays, and reports about the phenomenon of human
communication and information retrieval on global networks.

ISSN: 1076-207X
First issue: 01 May 94
Frequency: monthly
Subs/Access: http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/current/toc.html
Contact: John December (john@december.com)
URL: http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/index.html
Iss Agency: December Communications