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Unpublished Paper
Infusing the Meaning of “Cruel and Unusual” Through the Digital Public Sphere: How the Internet Can Change the Debate on the Morality of Capital Punishment
ExpressO (2014)
  • Adam A Marshall
Abstract
In this paper, I suggest new strategies that abolitionists should adopt in the debate over the morality of the death penalty. As the Eighth Amendment “draw[s] its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society”, advocates for abolishing the death penalty should develop strategies based on the moral theories of Adam Smith to leverage the power of the internet and ensure all citizens feel the effects of the death penalty in order to stimulate debate over its morality. By examining these concepts through the case of Troy Davis, we can see how the digital public sphere can be used to spread doubts and inspire debate over the morality of capital punishment.
Keywords
  • death penalty,
  • internet,
  • eighth amendment,
  • Troy Davis,
  • social media,
  • Adam Smith,
  • morality,
  • capital punishment
Publication Date
March 7, 2014
Citation Information
Adam A Marshall. "Infusing the Meaning of “Cruel and Unusual” Through the Digital Public Sphere: How the Internet Can Change the Debate on the Morality of Capital Punishment" ExpressO (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/adam_marshall/1/