I love America.
There are a plethora of reasons for this infatuation, but mostly I’m partial to all of this wonderful freedom we enjoy.
I can’t imagine living in a place where I wasn’t allowed to be myself, lead my life the way I want to lead it, or say what is in my heart.
However, “Freedom of Speech” seems to have been transformed from a right, to a free pass that essentially says “Don’t think, just speak, nobody can stop you!” I would never want to stop someone from being able to express himself or herself and I think this was the shining moment of the historical documents that our country is based on.
I love “Freedom of Speech” and I vehemently oppose anyone who wants to take it away from me. Unfortunately, this was created hundreds of years ago and a little thing called the “Internet” (c’mon you know what I’m talking about, that thing Al Gore created) has since altered the state of our society.
You don’t need me to tell you that we can do a bounty of things today that would have gotten us burned at the stakes in the past.
The Internet is a mind blowing, revolutionary, world changing idea, that happens to house the greatest ignorance and misinformation that has ever existed.
Quite frankly, even with all of its benefits, the Internet is the worst thing on the planet and will continue to be a detriment to society as a whole until…forever.
I love “Freedom of Speech”, but you have to adapt to your surroundings (or you have to Big Bang to your surroundings, still workin on that one) and right now our surroundings are filled disgusting literature and hate speech that would make Hitler say “You know what, this just isn’t in good taste.”
Anybody can be anybody.
Think about that.
ANYbody can be ANYbody.
How could we possibly hope to have any type of discussion when you don’t know who you’re speaking with and they’re allowed to morph their ideals and arguments to whatever party they are playing on the internet.
The water cooler is dead, not that people don’t enjoy being quenched, but because the discussions we are having about Pop Culture and Current Events are now being had in message boards instead of in real person.
I’m sure many of you don’t even realize that almost anything on the internet can be shared or COMMENTED on.
These comments are the lowest form of communication on planet Earth and this is where my faith in humanity begins to dwindle.
These comments are what have changed my views, me the son of a journalist, a passionate writer who LOVES voicing their opinion at any and all times, these comments have caused me to reconsider “Freedom of Speech.”
I’m speaking strictly on the internet, but something has to be done before our minds are filled with poison.
The reason “Freedom of Speech” should not be a right that is translated to the Internet is because nobody has any accountability. Nobody has to live up to their words, explain themselves.
You can say the President not only sucks but that he is a radical Muslim undercover with the intention of taking over our country, AND PEOPLE AGREE WITH YOU!
The Internet allows everyone to say anything with no repercussions and you can only maintain a system like that for so long before all of the information becomes irrelevant.
So I guess what it comes down to isn’t the “Freedom” of speech on the Internet, it’s the validity. Do we want the Internet to be a source for knowledge and information? Or do we want it to be littered with ignorant garbage that does nothing but spread and encourage hate and penis enlargement?
We can do nothing, leave everything the same and watch as the greatest invention of the past, I don’t know, millennia, becomes a giant heaping pile of shit. Or, we can make a change.
I know what you’re probably thinking, BUT FROG who is going to decide what makes the cut? What if your precious Frog Blogg is deemed unworthy and regulated?
That’s not what I’m saying, I don’t work in extremes, I don’t see things in black and white, there is no stance you can take on any specific subject that will reign true for every persons personal experiences.
I don’t believe in a “Fork in the Road” because there is always an alternative route. I’m not saying I want Big Brother to come in and monitor and police what goes on in CyberSpace. I mean they already do, but I don’t want them to infringe on your personal freedom.
What I do want, is for people to stop using “Personal Responsibility” as a talking point and start introducing it into their daily lives. The Internet wasn’t around when the 1st amendment was created, so whose to say it couldn’t revoked on this particular platform?
In conclusion, Freedom of Speech is one of, if not the most, important right that we have as citizens of the United States of America. It is a huge part of what makes us, us and I don’t want it to change EVER. However, the Internet is unique to anything else that is present in our history and thus we me must govern its usage in a different manner. We should have Freedom of Speech on the Internet, but it is up to us to ensure that we don’t abuse that right. We should not be using constitutional amendments as justification for ignorance.
The Internet is so massive, and contains so many people that are skilled at manipulating it, that even if regulations were enforced I’m not sure how much effect it would have, but it shouldn’t come to that.
If we want the information on the Internet to maintain any relevance or validity, we have to regulate it ourselves. Freedoms can be abused, and when they are, we all get pwned.