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claim was that actually the First Amendment was more compatible
with the new media than the old media for which it was written,"
Volokh adds. "There was always this sense that you're free
to speak, but you can't speak unless someone publishes you, because
of this bottleneck control by editors." Sites like Instapundit,
he notes, are closer to the new roll-your-own newspaper he predicted
in 1995. Volokh was incorrect in predicting that some sort of centralized
service would contract with The New York Times, the Los Angeles
Times or The Wall Street Journal to provide readers their preferred
mix of news. Instead we have a new world of individual bloggers
who on their own bring free speech closer to the First Amendment
onto Volokh's own blog in April and noticed that he'd posted a math
puzzle his father used to pose to him and his brother when they
were children. The next day he was musing about how his name was
changed when the Volokhs moved to America, from Yevgeniy, "a
rather romantic-sounding name in Russian, to Eugene, which, let's
face it, is pretty dweeby. On the other hand, I did end up with
one of the few names that comes attached to its own scientific discipline,
albeit one that's in rather ill repute."
it was on to a discussion of the Washington State Civil Rights Act
and Volokh's delight that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
upheld a decision forbidding a Seattle school district from considering
race when assigning children to certain schools. A few days later
it was back to Yevgeniy again. Four lines from Alexander Pushkin's
great poem "Yevgeniy Onegin" had, for some reason, been
rattling around in Volokh's brain:
all received an education
something somehow, have we not?
So thank the Lord that in this nation
little learning means a lot.