Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

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Part I of this note provides an overview of the use of media during war. It also reviews case law relating to the military's limited right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment. Part II analyzes the problems of regulating milblogs in terms of societal costs and the technological challenges of regulating behavior on the Internet. This note argues that the military's "unexceptionalist" approach toward regulation, wherein it applies the traditional principles embodied in the UCMJ to milblog regulation, undermines its goal of maintaining operational security and impedes the free flow of ideas. Finally, Part II introduces an "exceptionalist" approach, borrowed from Professor Lawrence Lessig, to propose a new standard for regulating milblogs. This theory recognizes that the Internet is simply different from traditional media, and offers four modalities for regulating military speech in cyberspace.