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Category Archives: Books

The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture

Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Superbowl precipitated a nationwide controversy. To judge by the hysterical reaction, one would think that nothing so shocking had ever been seen on television. Yet, remarkably, during the conservative 1950s, similar breast-baring accidents on television (by Faye Emerson and Jayne Mansfield) raised barely a stir. Is America…

The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court

An investigation into the Religious Right, judicial nominees, and future decisions on evolution, prayer in schools, abortion, and more Blending the effective use of grassroots campaigns, aggressive lobbying, and a well-tended career path for conservative law students and attorneys, the Religious Right has already succeeded in influencing major court decisions on a range of critical…

American Privacy

American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right

A page-turning narrative of privacy and the evolution of communication, from broken sealing wax to high-tech wiretapping A sweeping story of the right to privacy as it sped along colonial postal routes, telegraph wires, and today’s fiber-optic cables on a collision course with presidents and programmers, librarians and letter-writers. American Privacy traces the lineage of…

Cybertraps for the Young

Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for Parenting & Family Issues Approaching the risks for children on the Internet in a thought-provoking and intellectual manner, this study skillfully integrates contemporary news reports and disturbing legal cases to show how Facebook and other ready-made forums for information exchange are breaking down boundaries of privacy and facilitating a growing number…

Cybertraps for Educators and Districts [Lecture]

2014-01-17 Cybertraps for Educators and Districts from Frederick Lane A presentation delivered to the San Diego County Office of Education Joint Powers Authority on January 17, 2014. If you are interested in discussing a presentation or professional development program for your organization on this topic, please contact me for information regarding my rates and availability.

Privacy, Anonymity, and Intellectual Freedom in the Facebook Era [Lecture]

2011-06-23 Privacy, Anonymity, and Intellectual Freedom in the Facebook Era from Frederick Lane Presented for the Fred K. Darragh Distinguished Lecture at the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 23, 2011. If you are interested in discussing a presentation or professional development program for your organization on this topic, please contact…

The Top 5 Things Rep. Anthony Weiner Can Teach Your Children [Press Release]

For Immediate Release AUTHOR AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS Contacts: Frederick Lane (802) 318-4604 FSLane3@gmail.com The scandal that has engulfed Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) may seem to many parents like yet another reason to turn off the news. That’s an understandable reaction, but parents should embrace it for it what it is: a great opportunity to educate…