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2012

First Amendment

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University of Colorado Law School

Law and Psychology

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Incitement To Riot In The Age Of Flash Mobs, Margot E. Kaminski Jan 2012

Incitement To Riot In The Age Of Flash Mobs, Margot E. Kaminski

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As people increasingly use social media to organize both protests and robberies, government will try to regulate these calls to action. With an eye to this intensifying dynamic, this Article reviews First Amendment jurisprudence on incitement and applies it to existing statutes on incitement to riot at a common law, state, and federal level. The article suggests that First Amendment jurisprudence has a particularly tortuous relationship with regulating speech directed to crowds. It examines current crowd psychology to suggest which crowd behavior, if any, should as a matter of policy be subject to regulation. It concludes that many existing incitement-to-riot …