The Nation August 7-14, 2000 by Marjorie Heins Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics. By Jane Alexander. Public Affairs. 335 pp. $25. When Jane Alexander took charge of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1993, hopes were high among the cultural elite that the much-loved actress's glamour, status and […]
Archives for August 2000
The Supreme Court struck down a federal law which made cable TV systems completely scramble their signals or restrict sexually-oriented programs to late-night hours to protect minors from exposure through "signal bleed" (U.S. v. Playboy).
Student-led prayers at football games provided the latest opportunity for the Supreme Court to address religious speech and church-state issues. The case was brought by families of Catholic and Mormon students in the Santa Fe, Texas, schools.
When the Supreme Court resoundingly rejected the Communications Decency Act in 1997, most people concluded that cyberspace was now a realm of unfettered free speech. There have been some subsequent threats…