The more I look at what I'm doing, the more I'm realizing that there hasn't been much scholarship regarding the Patriot Act and Milton in an official sense, but there are a few people who have picked up the narrative.
As I will largely be constructing this narrative in the form of modern happenings, I will be utilizing a lot of newspaper articles and press releases and news clips. It will also take awhile to sort through everything I have found to utilize what I want. However, this is my start. If any of you have or come across something juicy, would you please let me know? Thanks!
People to Contact or Look Into Their Work
Glenn Greenwald (Guardian reporter over Snowden things)
Writer, speaker, and digital rights evangelist
A source I found interesting, but haven't tracked down the author yet.
Black, Jay. "Areopagitica In The Information Age." Journal Of Mass Media Ethics 9.3 (1994): 131. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
This article analyses how journalism has changed with the internet and how it raises many ethical questions, particularly when it comes to the sifting through information and finding accurate information. But the article concludes that this freedom and high access to information is a necessary and useful tool for people to be fully enlightened.
Still Martyred after All These Years: Generational Suffering in Milton's "Areopagitica"
ELH , Vol. 70, No. 4 (Winter, 2003), pp. 963-987
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30029909
This article discusses how persecution is often the breeding ground for truth. This applies to Areopagitica’s comparison of the English government to the Spanish Inquisition. The author further reasons that just because a precedent has been established through martyrs or other prominent figures, that doesn’t mean that it is correct to follow in those traditions.
“More than signaling a coming perfection, Truth's martyrdom initiates and sustains the progress of knowledge. As if recognizing Bale and Foxe's conundrum of identity---that the true church is distinguished from the false one at the moment of its persecution---Milton predicates intellectual progress on the act of dismemberment and fragmentation. Put another way, the torn body of Truth institutes a search for knowledge, rather than the obliteration of it; the pieces of Truth's body disseminate and circulate rather than remain in one place” (977).