The world we leave our children -Reply
JMHACLJ at AOL.COM
Thu Oct 9 23:09:41 PDT 1997
<<(2) An unattended display does not speak a different message than an
To which Professer Duncan responded:
<<Hmmm. Generally I agree, but an unattended cross sends a different message
than a cross attended by several men dressed in Klan sheets. >>
I view this as the difference between implied and inferred. The message may
be received by a viewer that the unattended display gets to remain on display
although unattended because of endorsement of the message. This "added"
message is one that the speaker need have nothing to do with; some auditors
and viewers simply layer meaning on meaning. In fact, the auditor/viewer may
infer this message despite a permit to the speaker that is conditioned on the
understanding that the government does not endorse the speech.
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