By Erik Ringmar
There has been by no means this sort of factor as precise freedom of speech. long ago, in an effort to communicate freely you needed to have entry to a printing press, a newspaper, a radio or a television station. And in all places you needed to get previous the editors. merely contributors of the elite ever did – the articulate and well-behaved 'representatives' of normal humans. yet these usual humans not often, if ever, had an opportunity to talk publicly and freely. Until now. The age of running a blog has began. the web revolution has given us all an opportunity to be irreverent, blasphemous and ungrammatical in public. we will be able to exhibit secrets and techniques, blow whistles, spill beans or simply make stuff up. The previous elites do not like it. in reality, they truly, rather hate it. Blogs are often close down, and bloggers are silenced, reprimanded and fired from their jobs. abruptly sleek liberal society finds a repressive face that few folks knew existed. should still we behave ourselves? should still we fall silent? totally now not! Let's name them on their hypocrisy. Let's call for that smooth liberal society lives by way of the foundations it claims to include. Bloggers of the realm, unite! you don't have anything to lose yet your gags.
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When in doubt, say the guides, take the blog down or clear it with your boss first. This is bad advice! This is advice derived from the old obsequious world of editorial filters where ordinary people shut up and left the talking to their representatives. What’s the point of blogging if you can’t say anything offensive? What’s the point of a right to free speech if you can’t use it? It’s much better to write whatever you feel like writing – controversial, offensive, in-your-face – and then do whatever you can to confuse the thought police and throw them off your scent.
If the links are put in conspicuous places, or in contexts where they make sense, the curiosity of readers will quite automatically be aroused. A click later and they’ll be on your site. Another way is to join a network which unite bloggers who share some certain concern. qxd 01/08/2007 12:43 PM Page 25 FAQ 25 blogging scientists. In all cases, the sites are linked to each other and if you like one blog it’s easy to find more blogs like it. But you can also plant links yourself. You can, for example, go to The Guardian’s website and leave your internet address as a comment under one of their blog-based articles.
I don’t know if it is a regular procedure or a way of trying to intimidate you, but I made sure that nothing of what I replied could be held against you. qxd 01/08/2007 12:46 PM Page 51 Free Speech and Censorship at the LSE 51 teacher and tutor. A disgruntled PhD student was also produced and he provided further evidence against me. There was going to be an investigation, a process, a disciplinary hearing. It was standard bullying tactics, and pretty clumsily executed at that, but I didn’t react at all well to it.
A Blogger's Manifesto: Free Speech and Censorship in the Age of the Internet by Erik Ringmar