Resistance in the Digital Age: Exercising or Abusing First Amendment Rights

Experts Discuss Resistance in the 21st Century at LSU Nov. 9

Resistance in a Digital Age10/24/2017
BATON ROUGE – A panel of activists, journalists and scholars will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by reporters, law enforcement officials and protesters because of changes in technology and the introduction of new communication platforms at Resistance in the Digital Age. Panelists will address questions about the impact of these changes on First Amendment rights.

The event takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, in the LSU Journalism Building’s Holliday Forum. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Changes in technology and communication practices have raised questions about when efforts to convey political protest are protected, peaceful and safe.

“This is an important dialogue considering the ever-evolving communication environment,” said Jinx Coleman Broussard, panel moderator and Manship School professor. “Social media has created an entirely new landscape for expression.”

DeRay Mckesson, panelist, civil rights activist and host of “Pod Save the People,” is well-known for his effectiveness online.

“I quickly understood Twitter to be a really powerful organizing tool, and we used it to bring people together, to challenge narratives that were untrue, to push people to think differently,” Mckesson said. “New technology and social media allow African-Americans to control how their stories are told.”

“New digital communications provide an excellent opportunity to tell one’s story,” said Casey Rayborn Hicks, panelist and public information director at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, “but it is also important to address the challenges that can come from the mass circulation of misleading or unverified information.”  

Panelists will discuss using new communication tools to convey support or dissent. Panelists include:

  • Casey Rayborn Hicks, public information director at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office;
  • Bruce Hamilton, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana;
  • Sean Illing, Vox journalist, LSU Ph.D. graduate and expert on peaceful resistance theory;
  • DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and host of “Pod Save the People”;
  • Chris Slaughter, assistant news director at WAFB TV; and
  • Jinx Coleman Broussard, full professor and Bart R. Swandson Endowed Memorial Professor at the Manship School of Mass Communication, will moderate.

This event is in memory of Dustin Howes, a member of the LSU faculty who passed away in January 2017 due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS. Howes contributed greatly to the discourse on the politics of nonviolence.  

The event is hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, an integral part of the Manship School of Mass Communication. The Reilly Center’s mission is to generate thoughtful programs, dialogue and research about mass communication and its many faceted relationships with social, economic and political issues.

The program is also sponsored by the LSU Office of Diversity, which is committed to fostering inclusive educational opportunities and an equitable workforce environment. The Office provides leadership to ensure that diversity is a vital component in all decision-making processes on all administrative, academic, budgetary and strategic planning fronts. 

The event will be live streamed on the Manship School's YouTube page, for those who cannot attend. 



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Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations