It’s just so sad to see such a large portion of the Internet get sucked in to various forms and acts of hate speech without realizing it in many instances. Items of public interest aren’t getting the attention they deserve from the distraction. While not every response can be buddhist or a perfect smackdown conversation stopper, too many people are missing the point of what Free Speech really is. Love started it; hate has created anything…
- Free speech
- Fair use
7:15 Turner Broadcasting
- Backroom deals
9:15 Choose your Reaction
- Free speech’s secret entry
- Linked URL not mentioned in the episode
12:45 Will Wheaton quoted @wilw
14:30 Relying on filters to protect Free Speech
- pasta salad leftovers
17:45 I’m learning Italian :)
18:45 A little love and vanity go a long way
20:00 Could the conversation over Free Speech be the poison of our time?
- Listening guarantees better free speech
- Nice folks are being MEAN!
22:15 WSJ sneaks in
- alias: Section 20 Program
- Get a passing familiarity
28:00 Banks might ask for public help
- LISTEN – (it’s probably not a trick)
29:00 My counter-revenge experience
30:00 Last Call…
People spoke out and it confused a lot of people with different concerns and suddenly there was a big dialogue about what it meant to be mainstream (what was inside it or outside it). Was mainstream bad? Mainstream is artificial. Mainstream is wherever you plunk your butt. That’s mainstream; whatever’s around you. With the rapid microblogging services came the ability to find the like-minded people. It was good.
Then, other like-minded folks who also felt marginalized (and had also been quietly) but were narrow-minded and weren’t questioning their own sexuality found each other also through the same tools. They reacted to the announcements of sexual independence with their own messages. The catalyst may have been an election; it may have been the president, it may not have been. It may have just been the existence of these tools and prominence they play in today’s society.
(Though good and bad are human constructs, let’s say…) it’s true that some messages are bad and it’s true that some messages are good; what I was responding to initially was a message that said, “You can be angry, but don’t become bitter. You can be angry, but don’t refuse to talk. You can be angry, but don’t forget to love.” ~John Paul Lederach
The first mistake made with the ideals of free speech in mind came from the belief that “if you’re not with us, you’re against us.” Right or left or red or blue or queer or straight or male or female or young or old – I don’t care which or what or when – that mentality makes you wrong. Everything that follows may damn well be an escalation of what you started. Do better. Don’t take the bait that free speech is just for you OR that someone else feels it’s just for them.