People assume that by stating that it is their opinion and that they are entitled to it gives them the right to hurt a person without thinking about the repercussions of their actions.
I’ve experienced a few hard lessons on how my real life can be affected by the crazy shit I write.
It’s fine to disagree with Gawker. They certainly have screwed up sometimes, but there’s a reason we made freedom of the press, the first amendment. Why can’t Silicon Valley counter speech with speech?
“Like the old Fascism, the new Fascism comes wrapped in the strident language of identity politics and tribalized victimhood. Unlike the old Fascism, however, the new Fascism is hip, stylish, immensely entertaining and powered by thousands of server farms and billions of microchips. I call it eFascism, and define it simply as the religion of the state in 21st-century digital America.”
Freedom of Expression is the argument that you use when you tell the world exactly why you believe it is your right as a human being to speak up about the things you do and in the way you do—and it is alarming at how many people are now taking this right for granted.
I used to feel obligated to laugh at rape jokes. As someone who takes pride in having a healthy sense of humor, telling someone to censor him or herself wasn’t my MO.
SOS Racisme president Dominique Sopo summed-up the evening’s objective quite simply, “I think it’s very important that we do not kill those who died a second time by raising a polemic.” It brought the seriousness and perspective needed to round-out the speakers, officially hitting every note in the euphonic symphony of support that was the gala.
We speculate the attack might have been because of all the female nudity that adorns our site, but we always thought of that as a kind of public service.
Slurs and insults are not part of the “free exchange of ideas.”
The question isn’t whether or not you have freedom of speech; it’s what you want to use that freedom of speech toward.