No arm of the government has leapt to the defense of Patti Murin, the cast of Nerds or any artist or production that may have been spoken about unfavorably, or even cruelly, in a chat room.
That suggests a refresher is in order. The uproar was deemed sufficiently important to rate coverage in The New York Times and there has been a flood of commentary on Twitter, on Broadwayy, and yes, in chat rooms themselves since the impassioned dialogue began. It does not mean, however, that you have to give over your venue hroadway anyone who wishes to use it, to present their own work, or to express their own opinions.
For your reference, you can find our Terms of Service here: Please tell us what you find offensive about this group so we can review it. Chay is, at its core, act of wielding power against speech; of using rolms authority, or some other manner of power, to shut down free expression. You may have heard such terms as libelslander and defamationfor example, which are forms of speech that may be deemed intentionally and maliciously injurious to reputations.
Like literally, I'm Patti Murin.
Generally speaking, it means that the government may not jail, fine, cjat impose civil liability on people or organizations based on what they say or write, except in exceptional circumstances. Perhaps if too many of them do, the economic model of Broadway World will take a hit.
None of us have the time for that, unless one is currently in law school. Please tell us what you find inappropriate about this chat room. Constitution re as follows: Congress shall make no law broaday an establishment of religion, or broaway the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now back to show biz. The definition on FindLaw. Flag report sent! Given the potential volume of messages to be surveyed, and queries or complaints fielded, what will be considered a reasonable response time? Will Diamond have someone monitoring the site at all times — 24 hours a day, seven brozdway a week?
When the government tries to stop someone from writing, or speaking, or performing work, that is an act of cgat. Part of what allows all manner of internet chat to flourish is the privacy and even anonymity the medium affords. Howard Sherman is director of the Arts Integrity Initiative.
This photo album will be submitted to IMVU customer service for review. The ongoing vitality brodway utility of the BroadwayWorld chat rooms will surely be judged by them. Reason for flagging: Please select To send an abuse report regarding this group, give specific details of the cbat content in the space provided below then click the "Flag" button. Even when the blocking of speech on a privately owned medium is entirely permissible, its equitable application in the real world can prove extremely thorny.
The recent flurry of conversations surrounding theatre broadway rooms, prompted in large part by a blog post from Patti Murin in the wake of the premature shutdown of the rooma Nerds, have been fierce. With that, there will probably always be people who have those conversations about theatre in ways that can be hurtful, cruel, and ugly. That means that if you own a room, you have the chat to present the work you choose, or even the right to simply stand upon your stage and state your opinion, and the government cannot interfere.
What happens there could prove informative and influential. But this will serve for the subject at hand.
This is not to say that absolutely every form of speech is protected in absolutely every rboadway or that every policy which controls speech in every circumstance in censorship. Those who relish their incognito strafing of performers and shows have a great deal of protection, but they may do well to look at what constitutes libel, slander and defamation. Some people have made some adjustments and others may have to.
What has happened is that Murin made a plea, struck a chord, and Robert Diamond of BroadwayWorld — who Murin happens to know and who I know casually as well — took her words to heart and decided to take some steps to ameliorate the situation. This is hardly a comprehensive survey about the laws protecting and bradway some cases limiting speech. Like any consumers faced with a product change, they can take their business elsewhere if they wish.
Take note of the way James Woods is currently bringing suit against a pseudonymous Twitter use r for defamation, and seeking monetary damages for online remarks. But whether in the national rloms arena or in the somewhat more narrowly defined community of theatre fandom, the terms are being applied somewhat indiscriminately. Civil and respectful comments on all aspects of this topic are welcome; all comments are moderated before they appear.