In an age when you can be sacked for an inflammatory Twitter post, people are asked to sign ‘morality clauses’ and media ownership remains in the hands of a select few, it seems that the powerful are increasingly able to redraw the boundaries of free speech. Guardian Australia columnist and Trigger Warnings author Jeff Sparrow argues that in an economy in which our labour is the prime commodity, employers and the powers that be are now more able than ever to monitor individual expression, making free speech a crucial industrial issue.
Jeff Sparrow (Australian)
Jeff Sparrow is a writer, broadcaster and editor. He writes a regular column for Guardian Australia; he appears on 3RRR's Breakfasters program and is the immediate past editor of Overland magazine. His most recent book is Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right. His previous book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson was shortlisted for the Best Writing Award at the Melbourne Prize.
Jadey O’Regan (Australian)
Dr Jadey O'Regan facilitates the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice) program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. In 2014, she was awarded her PhD titled When I Grow Up: The Development of the Beach Boys' Sound, which analysed the development of the distinctive sound of the Beach Boys between 1962 and 1966. Her research has been published in the book Good Vibrations: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in Critical Perspective (Ed. Philip Lambert) and research has been presented both in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include the musical analysis of pop music, pop hooks, empirical musicology and music in the 1990s. She is also an established musician and songwriter, and a performing session musician across a variety of genres.