Free Speech

http://xkcd.com/1357/

Today’s xkcd comic had an important thing to say regarding free speech which can be extended to have additional meaning in the context of online discourse. The general point is that free speech only protects from governmental actions, not any other possible ramifications of what one might say. We have all heard stories of employees bashing their employers on facebook and being surprised when they are fired, or the more recent story of the 14 year old dutch girl who tweeted a terrorism threat at US Airways and was then surprised when they took it so seriously. When the internet is enabling so many people to say so much so easily, we must develop a new system of etiquette for what it is ok to say and not ok to say, and this needs to be a matter upon which we educate young people finding their voice electronically.

Advertisements
By shackler2013

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s