Philadelphia Communications Experts Weigh In On Paris Terror Attack

CBS Philly

By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Following a terrorist attack at a satirical magazine in Paris, France on Wednesday that killed 12 people, KYW Newsradio spoke with communications experts in Philadelphia.

“This attack is outrageous by any modicum we use to evaluate it,” says Doctor Barbie Zelizer, a professor at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. “”If we can’t use the different arts of expression to address what’s going on in the public sphere, then the very fundamental value of freedom of expression is going under.”

And Zelizer says satire, irony, and criticism are the foundation of free speech.

“Part of how we engage with things that enthrall us, that frighten us that baffle,” she says, “and I think it’s extremely important to keep them alive.”

Dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, David Boardman explains the importance of satire.

“There are certain institutions that become so powerful throughout history,”…

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