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No Joke: First Amendment Rights Attacked When Satire and Humor Used on Campus

By March 9, 2012

One of the more vexing ironies of the college campus is that the brand of satire that so endears publications like The Onion and entertainer-pundits like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to college students is often deemed toxic and impermissible when wielded by the students themselves. Trenchant commentaries on contentious topics of race, class, politics, sex, and religion might be acclaimed for their brilliance on The Daily Show, but when student-authored, they not only are condemned on college campuses, they often result in punishment...