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Help! We Need a Name for a Series of Short Videos Explaining Free Speech Law

We've got a grant -- we've finished the first video (under 4 minutes) -- but we need a good title for the whole series.

I'm delighted to say that Reason.tv and I are putting together a series of short videos explaining free speech law. (I write the scripts and provide input on the visuals, which are graphical rather than talking-heads; Reason.tv does the visuals and the audio and provides input on the scripts.) We have a grant to do the first 10, and we're done with the first one.

The series is aimed especially at high school and college students, though we think it should be informative for everyone. But the one thing we're missing a catchy title (at most three words). Any suggestions? We'd love to hear them! Please post them below, or, if you prefer, e-mail me at volokh at law.ucla.edu.

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  • Longtobefree||

    Top 10 things progressives don't know

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Too many words. And not as accurate as "The Right View."

    Movement conservatives can (and should) try their damnedest, but the likelihood that they are going to persuade young Americans to become right-wingers is remote. That ship has sunk.

  • JohnW in Md||

    Three words? How about:

    "Look! Free Money!"

  • Gordito||

    Hard to do without knowing the exact style of the content, but...

    1) Speak Your Mind

    2) Speech Is Freedom (or 'Freedom Is Speech')

    3) The War on Words (I know it's 4 words, but I figured I'd throw it in anyways)

    4) [Censored] of Speech (Maybe implying that limitations on speech are inherently anti-liberal)

    5) Speak Freely

    I think these all hit on the same ideas. I may post more if anything else pops into my mind on this slow Friday.

  • RobC_||

    Speaking Freely

  • JohnW in Md||

    On a more serious note:

    "Speak Without Fear"

    On a less serious note:

    "Eugene Volokh Says..."

    Back to serious:

    "Free Your Speech!"

  • Placeholder Name||

    Mightier than the Sword

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    What's wrong with "Explaining Free Speech"?

  • Kords||

    Fire!

  • Tom Donahue||

    "Hate Speech Rules"

  • Jerry B.||

    "Free Speech Law".

  • dangfitz||

    Shouting "Fire!".

  • Eddy||

    It's Mostly Free

  • Eddy||

    Reason/Volokh Synergy

  • Eddy||

    Or if we do a living-constitutionalist interpretation of the term "three words," I'd suggest

    "Legalize it, then criticize it - Free Speech in America"

  • darkknight9||

    I'm no good with titles. But I do know this. If you don't get Ice-T (@FINALLEVEL on twitter) involved to put some of his music in your videos or his face in your flicks, you're going to be missing a hell of an opportunity. :) :) :)

    Freedom of Speech, let 'em take it from me
    Next they'll take it from you, then what you gonna do?
    Let 'em censor books, let 'em censor art
    PMRC, this is where the witch hunt starts
    You'll censor what we see, we read, we hear, we learn
    The books will burn
    You better think it out
    We should be able to say anything, our lungs were meant to shout
    Say what we feel, yell out what's real
    Even though it may not bring mass appeal
    Your opinion is yours, my opinion is mine
    If you don't like what I'm sayin'? Fine
    But don't close it, always keep an open mind
    A man who fails to listen is blind
    We only got one right left in the world today
    Let me have it or throw The Constitution away

    Excerpt from Freedom of Speech by Ice-T

  • Eddy||

    What is this??
    Is this not America?
    This is not China!
    This is not Russia!
    This is not the place where they brought down the wall, this is America!
    We have the right to say what we want to say,
    we have the right to do what we want to do,
    and what I do in my house, you might not do in your house!
    So what I do in my house is my business!
    And the simple fact of it all is that we are BONDED by the First Amendment!
    We have the freedom of EXPRESSION!
    We have the freedom of CHOICE!
    And you, Chinese, black, green, purple, Jew,
    YOU have the right to listen to whoever you want to, and even the 2 Live Crew!
    So all you right-wingers, left-wingers, bigots, Communists,
    there IS a place for you in this world!
    Because this is the land of the FREE, the home of the BRAVE!
    And 2 Live is what we are!

    From 2 Live Crew, "Banned in the USA"

  • Eddy||

    That was just the lyrics, here is the video.

  • Eddy||

    If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life
    And I had to start again with just my children and my wife
    I'd thank my lucky stars to be livin' here today
    'Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away

    And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free
    And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
    And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
    'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
    God bless the USA

    Lee Greenwood, "God bless the USA"

  • Eddy||

    Sorry if our notes are too sharp
    Sorry if our voice is too raw
    Don't make the pen a weapon
    And censor our intelligence
    Until our thoughts mean nothing at all...

    No, we won't be complacent
    know it's a rock n roll nation
    We sing from the heart
    We sing from the heart

    The Slants, From the Heart

  • Velvet Thunder||

    Our First Freedom

  • T Kolke||

    Blessings of Liberty

  • Ignotus||

    Free as in Speech

  • Ignotus||

    Free as in Speech

  • Roman Moroni||

    Fargin' speech!

  • Jack V.||

    If you want something a bit tongue-in-cheek for short videos:

    Free Speech : Abridged

    "In this episode of 'Free Speech: Abridged,' we discuss..." Hahaha

  • David Post||

    Make No Law

  • ||

    LOL

  • JeffreyL||

    Free speech for me, but not for thee

  • swood1000||

    The right to say it

  • Iation||

    Free to Speak.

  • santamonica811||

    MASA (Make America Speechy Again)

  • NoobyNoobyDoo||

    Plan on covering other rights too!

    Natural Rights: Free Speech

  • um ok||

    "You Don't Say"

    "Dammit Janet!"

    "Government Cannot Wash Your Mouth Out With Soap"

    "The Only Surviving Constitutional Right"

    "Say What?"

    "Do you Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth?"

    "The Right To Make Noise"

  • smilerz||

    The Schoolhouse Gate
    The Soapbox
    You CAN yell fire in a theater
    Everything that you thought you knew about freedom of speech is probably wrong.

  • LordSega||

    "You Don't Say..."

  • santamonica811||

    There are lots of clever joking titles. But I actually like your suggestion a lot.

  • AReasonableMan||

    Unabridged!

  • jvarisco||

    You can say that! or You can say this!

  • gormadoc||

    Catchy for kids or a program manager?

    Trash Talk Weekly
    Trolling Around

  • JesseAz||

    What millinials don't know will hurt us all.

    How nice things were from 20 years in the future.

    You cant say this on Twitter.

  • Nerdy||

    The Right to be Remembered

  • TwelveInchPianist||

    Yup. One person's right to be forgotten ends where another's right to remember begins!

  • ||

    Pernicious Lies
    Hate Speech?
    Clear and present danger.

  • Drannab||

    Speak Right!

    An implication there is a correct way to speak(with terrible grammar), or perhaps the right to speak.

  • TwelveInchPianist||

    "Fuck the Draft, I know hardcore pornography when I see it, and other important cases."

  • Tilted||

    Your Priceless Voice

    or

    Our Priceless Voices

  • Paladin_44||

    The Village Green

  • James Pollock||

    Help! We Need a Name for a Series of Short Videos Explaining Free Speech Law"

    How about "A Series of Short Videos Explaining Free Speech Law"?

  • Purple Martin||

    Bare Naked Ladies

    Oh, wait....

  • Eddy||

    No, no, let's work with this. Naked Constitutional Law, narrated by a naked celebrity.

    You could really get an audience if you could show this celebrity naked.

  • Dilan Esper||

    "Fuck the Draft".

    Alright, alright.

  • ||

    Nice.

  • Eddy||

    Parrhesia made easier.

  • California Dreamer||

    Lips unsealed.

  • ||

    "The theater's not that crowded."

    Or, maybe, "FIRE!!!!!"

    Or, "In a crowded theater...."

  • ||

    "The crowded theater"

  • MonitorsMost||

    Small Talk.

  • librarian||

    How we are Heard

  • SKofNJ||

    Speak your mind!

  • blackoasis||

    John Adams (ironically):

    None More Sacred (about the press specifically; "But none of the means of information are more sacred, or have been cherished with more tenderness and care by the settlers of America, than the press.")

    Benjamin Franklin:

    tyranny is erected on its ruins
    The strength and vigor of republics

    Brandeis:

    the bondage of irrational fears

    Shakespeare (opensourceshakespeare.org):

    giving reins and spurs to my free speech
    the power of speech
    if my speech offend
    never tax'd for speech
    the mettle of my speech
    a dangerous speech
    a speech of fire

    Bible:

    And God Said ... (Genesis)
    A Time to Speak (Ecclesiastes)
    Every Idle Word (Matthew)

    Other:

    Speak Up!

    Seconding someone else's suggestion:

    Free as In Speech

  • ZachChease||

    Manner of speech

  • tpaine||

    "Parrhesia and constitutional amnesia"

    Done

  • ||

    Let Me Say

  • Purple Martin||

    Several good suggestions. Best I've seen in the String is:

    "Free, as in Speech"

    Then, the accompanying series emphasizing Property Rights could be:

    "Free, as in Beer!"

  • Harvey Mosley||

    Talkin' The Talk

  • Arishka_Arishka||

    Free Speech Matters

  • DamnDirtyApe||

    How about "Now hear this, you stupid retards!"

  • NToJ||

    Can we vote? I vote for this.

  • indywaves||

    Tongues Untied

  • NToJ||

    Discriminating Viewpoints.

  • Rock Lobster||

    How about:

    "Shut Up!" they explained.

    or

    STFU FYTW

  • LarryA||

    Whisper; Shout

  • Alexander Campbell||

    How about "Great Speech"? Like "hate speech" (which seems to be something young people like to talk about).

  • grp||

    "Sticks and Stones" Calling into clarity that you shouldn't let words hurt you. Use them to discuss controversial ideas, learn from others, be courageous to speak out, allow your own beliefs to be challenged. You can do all this without resorting to actual malice with sticks and stones.

  • NToJ||

    Fire in a crowded blog

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