Today I would be doing a post on Freedom of speech, don't worry I still have my oufit post within it but this topic has bothered on my mind for so long that I think it is wise to speak out. I know this topic is extensive and broad. And I cannot totally be able to write extensively on it without boring you guys, so I would just try to be as brief as possible.
When I read articles online, I try to see peoples perspective to these article even though I may have posted mine because sometimes others opinion might be insightful. But of late, I have not been motivated to read people comment because of the vile things they write.
So this is my two cent on this matter, If you don't have anything insightful to say "Keep Your Opinion To Yourself". One that particularly touched me recently was a self proclaimed atheist name calling people with religious believes and he's argument was that they especially Christians should be hanged and mutilated for their believes the way their ancestors did to atheist. It brings to mind this question, should people be killed for what their predecessors did?. And I say "No" because if we go down that route, no one would remain on the face of the earth.
Looking back, violence has been something most people took to in those days as a means to show their superiority. The Jews, The Germans, The entire Western Country, The Africans, The Asians, The Christians, The Muslim, Everyone. But with the dawn of greater intellect, we should be able to think more logically and constructively while leaving the past behind and try to shape the future for the betterment of all.
The internet trolls are: cowardly loner, spending hours hunched over the keyboard, spitting out venom from the relative safety of an anonymous IP address. Yet trolls come in all shapes and sizes and many are not necessarily being anonymous. The rapid rise of social media over the last few years and the ease with which an audience can now communicate their approval, and their disapproval, has seen an exponential increase in trolling behaviour and general abuse, with cases of online defamation doubling year on year.
Over the last year or so, social media sites have been attacked for allowing users to post abuse about other people onto their sites. These include tweets on twitter calling for other users to be raped or killed. These posts have been implicated in a number of suicides while in one notable case, Sally Bercow, the wife of the Speaker of the UK Parliament, was found guilty of libel for a tweet she posted implying somebody else was a pedophile. Therefore, social media platforms must take such abuse seriously. It can, and does, lead to suicides – especially if the victims already have low self-esteem. It can escalate and lead to false rumours, and even worse, it could lead to action against the victim.
This is not a case of freedom of speech being blocked. It’s a case of free speech that is liable to cause harm to others being punished. Anybody who tries to justify abuse using arguments that they support freedom of speech is confusing “freedom of speech” with “free speech”. Freedom of Speech is the right to communicate opinions and ideas... and censoring these is one of the first signs of a restrictive society that can lead to totalitarianism. It is not, however, a right to “free speech” where you can call for the rape of women, or abuse others through words or images. Freedom of Speech also implies responsibilities that justify that freedom. So everyone's help is needed to bring perpetrators of online bullying (or any form of bullying) to book.
Thanks for reading and I hope you would make an effort to stop this form of abuse. Okay on my outfit, I was going for cool look not too colorful but still a subtle play on stripe. What do you think?.
I always love to read your insightful comments. Thank you all for reading.