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  • Shop local: Protecting the free flow of public information

    Ken Paulson|Jun 15, 2023

    There's admirable support for independent local businesses these days. Many expected Amazon to put local bookstores out of business, but after a steady decline in the aughts, independent stores have had a resurgence, fueled in large part by a sense of community and the need to support businesses in our own backyards. We've seen the same thing with independent record stores. Though few saw the revival of vinyl coming, there has long been a concerted effort to support local record stores because o...

  • Guest Opinion

    Ken Paulson, Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University|Oct 6, 2022

    There was a period in the late ‘60s when the Beach Boys, desperate for a hipper identity, reportedly considered shortening their name to “Beach.” Of course, the Backstreet Boys may perform into their ‘80s, but there’s no question that a dated name can take a toll. Take the newspaper. With an emphasis on “paper,” it sounds very retro. And of course, it is. The first newspaper was published in this country in 1690. As early as the 18th century, American newspapers flourished with the same core ele...