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Column on Social Media Comments and Free Speech Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76

Column on Social Media Comments and Free Speech Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 9, 2015

DSC8797"People who feel they have been wronged through social media can take strategic action to confront those who make incendiary comments," Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells the Orlando Sentinel.  He's quoted in a column examining inappropriate online messages directed toward former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and his daughter. 

Darryl E. Owens writes, "Rather than throw in the towel, Schilling threw the trolls a curve. He tracked them down, virtually. Exposed some of their identities on his blog. Took 'em to the proverbial woodshed. Major props. Sherlock Schilling's sleuthing led to the suspension of one college student and the firing of a part-time Yankees ticket-seller ... I'm glad that his actions exposed an underexposed truth: Free speech isn't free."

His full column -- "Curt Schilling episode reveals how to throw trolls a curve" -- can be found at the Florida newspaper's website.mccall feature

A 1976 graduate of DePauw, Jeffrey M. McCall is a former journalist and the author of Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences. Last week, his column on online threats was published in several newspapers. Dr. McCall has been cited in news stories published in more than 100 newspapers, including recent articles in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Indianapolis Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

Source: Orlando Sentinel