Figuring out how far is too far
Still, much better to have thoughtful discussions like this than to start randomly clamping down on satirical material you don't like, an action which more people seem willing to take these days given the heightened sensitivity overall. A student-run satire paper at the University of Wisconsin, The Second Supper, found its hardcopy circulation cut by more than half after publishing an article some members of the student government found offensive. Most astonishing was the contention of a student VP who felt this restriction "doesn’t violate free speech because it did not completely ban [the paper] from campus". This glib and egregiously misinformed defense of what is evidently a punitive measure would seem ludicrous, except that it's all too easy to see others excitedly recycling the argument. Would it be "acceptable" for half the cable markets in the US to pull Comedy Central off the air following an offensive episode of South Park? Maybe that will be covered in the next panel discussion.