Social media may seem innocuous. It is an opportunity to expand your world, connect with other people, etc. But like anything in life, there is a downside.
After nearly a year of speculation, Elon Musk announced that he had finally purchasedTwitter. One of his aims with the platform is to ensure that free speech continues to be the raison d’être of the site. He also plans to limit permanent bans of those who have been considered to be problematic (he who shall not be named among them). By the way, Kanye West‘s account has already been reinstated.
The question is, do those who truly believe in free speech and democracy jump ship or stay and fight?
It’s understandable why many have considered leaving if they have not done so already. The signs are already pointing to the website possibly becoming a right-wing shithole.
But what I think we have to remember is that the ultimate power is in our hands. If we stay and continue to speak up, we can show Musk that he is not the all-powerful deity that he thinks he is. It also comes down to advertisers. That’s the only way the company makes money. At the end of the day, if we, the users stay, that will hopefully show Musk that he cannot allow Twitter a free for all.
Which is why I intend to stay.
P.S. If you want to follow me, you can do so at Writergurlny.
Free speech is the cornerstone of any thriving and legitimate democracy. However, there are limits to this concept (i.e., yelling fire in a crowded theater). There are also those who push this concept to the boundaries. Specifically, when using certain language about certain people.
Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble, by Judy Gold, was published in 2020. A respected and award-winning comedian, Gold argues that comedy has no limits and censorship is a harbinger of what could happen when we stop telling the truth via jokes. Using her own background as a Jew, a woman, a mother, and a member of the LGBTQ community, she speaks her truth. Gold also explores how politically speaking, the last few years have challenged us all in terms of what is funny and what crosses the line.
I enjoyed this book. While speaking about and to her fellow comedians, she is not afraid to speak the truth. We live in a country in which comedy is more than subjective. There are many who have drunk the Kool-Aid and will take offense to anything that does not fit into their worldview. Moreover, they are not above using whatever means they have at their disposal to share their opinion.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble is available wherever books are sold.
Justice does not always come swiftly or when we want it to occur. But, hopefully, with time and changing beliefs, it does happen.
Last week, Alex Jones finally got what was coming to him. After years of claiming that Sandy Hook was a hoax and that everyone involved was crisis actors, he was told by a jury that he has to pay nearly $5 Million dollars to the families of the victims.
Free speech is one thing. But to purposefully defame another (specifically a parent who has lost their child in the most horrific manner possible), is heartless and inhuman. What is worse is that many of his fans and followers believed him.
Jones can complain and cry all he wants. He knew what was doing was wrong. Did he think he would get away with the lies he was spewing?
Meanwhile, the four police officers who were responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor have had federal charges brought down on them for among other things, use of excessive force and obstruction.
Though this will not bring Taylor back, it is a huge step in the right direction. While I respect the difficult job that the police have, they cannot barge into someone’s private property without having good cause to do so. If nothing else, it sends the message that law enforcement officers better do their homework going forward.
Justice has been done, for now at least. While it is better than nothing, we have a long way to go.
Every political movement, big and small, has a core ideal that governments their policies and legislation.
If we are to believe the current Republican party, they are governed by the idea of small government. As per Thomas Jefferson, it is as follows:
[A] wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
On paper, it doesn’t sound hypocritical at all. It comes off as fairly reasonable. The powers that be should not be interfering in the day-to-day life of the average person on the street. But the reality is another story entirely.
In the wake of Covid-19 and the destruction that the virus has unleashed, some GOP-led states (Texas and Florida, again. What else is new?) have made it illegal for businesses to enforcemask mandate policies.
When they are called out for their duplicity, they claim “free speech“. What about my right to free speech? Why is it they are allowed to speak their truths, but if I do it, I am labeled a radical lefty snowflake?
If they want to live in a right-wing, sexist, and racist Christian theocracy, that is their choice and their decision. As we say in Judaism “Zolst leben un zein gezunt!” (Yiddish for you should live and be well!). but do not impose your beliefs on me and expect me to quietly give in.
One would have to live under a rock these days to not at least catch a soundbite or two about the debate in regards to guns and gun violence in America.
According to a CNN poll taken earlier this year, American citizens are not only more likely to own a firearm, but to die from gun violence than their compatriots living in other countries.
The latest twist on this debate is the introduction of 3D guns to the market and the federal judge who last night granted a temporary restraining order against publishing the instructions online of how to create the guns.
Cody Wilson, the gentlemen who was temporarily barred from the publishing only hours before they were supposed to go online, has claimed that his First Amendment/freedom of speech rights have been violated by the ruling.
While I am all for freedom of speech, the fact is that Mr. Wilson is creating 3D firearms that are undetectable by metal detectors, making them even more lethal that traditional weapons that are made of metal and detectable by metal detectors. In addition, these firearms can also be made cheaper and easier than traditional firearms, allowing those with ill intentions to bypass state and federal laws when it comes to who can buy a gun and when they can buy it.
From my perspective, this is just another reason why we need sensible gun control laws in this country. I believe that is possible to respect the 2nd amendment while crafting gun laws that keep Americans safe. It is just a matter coming together and doing what is right for the country instead of doing what is right for the party.