Shocking News: Communication Tools Don't Discriminate

from the who-knew? dept

In response to an article about how “Web 2.0 gives new tools to hate groups” I was tempted to write an entire post, mimicking the original, except changing every instance of “hate” to something positive. Yes, blogs and social networks can and are being used by hate groups. But they’re also being used to combat ignorance and hate. They’re just communication tools, and the fact that hate groups use them (as well as anti-ignorance groups) is hardly surprising. But rather than creating some moral panic about hate groups using these tools, why not encourage more people to use such tools to combat ignorance and hate? Instead, we get a bunch of supposed “experts” talking about how these uses need to be shut down. That does nothing productive. It just makes the hate group members feel even more angry and persecuted, which just fuels the hate. The solution is to educate — and (oh, look at that!) web 2.0 provides some pretty good tools for spreading knowledge and fighting ignorance.

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PaulT (profile) says:

Something that constantly amuses me about watching America is the way that people always misinterpret “freedom of speech”. True freedom means that the pedophile and neo-Nazi has the same right to speech as you do. No exceptions. That doesn’t mean they have freedom from consequences of said speech, but that they should not be censored from saying it.

True, we in Europe are no better, but we don’t spend our time worshipping a 1st amendment then try to violate it because our feelings were hurt.

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