Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Jerry Simich

Number of Pages



This paper covers Internet communication and the ability of consenting adults to freely and openly express ideas regardless of content, especially when dealing with obscene and indecent materials. The first chapter focuses on the inability of the American courts to specifically define what obscenity is and exactly where it falls within the realm of First Amendment protection. In that chapter, I discuss the theoretical backdrop for the entire obscenity issue. The second chapter focuses on the governmental attempt to regulate Internet communications, focusing on the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The final chapter covers the July 1997 Supreme Court's deliberation on Reno v. ACLU (1997). The Court's opinion will stand well into the next century.


Alert; Amendment; Battle; Cyberspace; First; Internet; Over; Privileges; Red

Controlled Subject

Political science; Law; Mass media

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2897.92 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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