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The Tennessee legislature has just done an interesting thing, philosophically speaking:
A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to “transmit or display an image” online that is likely to “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines. …
The new legislation adds images to the list of communications that can trigger criminal liability. But for image postings, the “emotionally distressed” individual need not be the intended recipient. Anyone who sees the image is a potential victim. If a court decides you “should have known” that an image you posted would be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
Now, of course, this unconstitutional law is offensive. Surely the Tennessee legislature should have known that seeing an image of this law would offend me. I am, as could easily be predicted, emotionally distressed by it.
Does that mean it was illegal for them to transmit the news of their new legislative achievement? Does that create a paradox, in a kind of intriguing, all-Cretans-are-liars kind of way? Published in