Freedom Of Speech

Freedom of Speech

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Should people be allowed to say whatever they want?

People shouldn’t be allowed to say whatever they want because this can lead to arguments, fights and misunderstandings. People should be allowed to express themselves but pick the words they say out loud. In this way, discipline and peace can be enhanced or portrayed.

Is censorship important during a pandemic?

Censorship is important during a pandemic so as to stop wrong information from spreading and impose immense punishment on those who dare. It can also prevent private information from getting around, spoiling plans and causing panic. The information then will only come from the high authorities.

You should be free to say whatever you want.

How much do you agree with this statement?

I completely disagree with this statement because people should learn to control their tongues as not to get into trouble and express their thoughts accordingly without revealing secrets that should be unknown by other people.

Questions Time

What if the thing being said is nasty?

Example=The designer Stefano Gabbana of the fashion brand Docile and Gabbana left a message under a picture of Selena Gomez on Instagram calling her “really ugly”.

Questions

-Does this matter that this was on social media and not face to face? Answer= It matters a lot because Selena Gomez would have had a serious argument with Stefano if it was said to her face to face.

-Who will be particularly upset by this? Answer=Selena Gomez will be particularly upset by this comment.

What if the thing being said suggests people should hurt others?

Example= In 2017 a man wrote about a woman involved in a Brexit debate on Facebook. He said’5000 euro for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant.

Questions

-Was he being serious? Does it matter? Answer=It is serious when it deals with the life of this woman at stake He hates this woman and wants her dead. It matters because some people might want the money and actually run over this woman.

-Who might be upset by this? Answer=The woman involved in the Brexit debate will be upset by this because it gives her a feeling that someone is out to get her and does not make her feel safe. It also makes her feel unwanted.

-How is it different to example one? Answer=It is different from example one because it involves taking someone’s life and it is more aggressive and scary than example one.

What if the thing being said isn’t true?

Example=An Australian woman said she had cured her terminal brain cancer by following a particular diet. She then confessed that it was a lie.

Questions -Is this more or less acceptable than the previous example? Answer= This is more acceptable than the previous example because it can be confessed before anybody tries it and it is less offensive.

-Why might this be dangerous to others? Answer= This can be dangerous to others because may with this same illness might have already developed hope only to have their hope crushed. Also, people with critical conditions might have already stopped eating and got worse or their cell would have even become worse by the time she confessed.

-Who might be particularly upset by this? Answer= The people with the sickness will be particularly upset by this because they will rather have truth than a lie about the cure for their sickness. It will make them even more depressed.

What if the thing being said encourages others to do something positive?

Example= The #metoo campaign encouraged women to come forward with their experiences of harassment.

Questions -What if an allegation against someone is false? Answer= The court will eventually find out but, by that time, the person would have suffered enough. If the police end up not finding out, then the person will have to serve the sentence and eventually get out or give the money to be paid.

-Who might be particularly affected by this? Answer=Those who might have been falsely accused will be affected by thus most because years of their life taken away or plenty of money.

Censorship Define Censorship= Censorship can be defined as banning any form of threat, anything considered offensive or any piece of information that is wanted to be kept without being spread. Some examples of censorship are keeping secrets for someone, information that is kept to maintain power and authority, depriving someone of having a say or free will and others.

Example=My favorite food is Goat Chops because it is nice and sweet.

Censor=Remove these letters=A, R, U, G, J, E, P and S.

Answer= My food which is on tip of my mind is Got Chop. It is nic n swit.

I was able to communicate what I wanted by transliterating some words to their original sound.

-Would you have to rethink your favorite food?

Answer= No because my favorite food was censored but transliterated.

-How do you feel about this?

Answer= I feel bad because some words will sound hilarious and incorrect which is almost depriving people of speaking because these letters are found in most of the words in the English language.

-How would it feel if an incredibly important message was censored? For example= a message about a war or pandemic?

Answer= I would fell disappointed because people or citizens need to know what is going in on in order to find more ways to prevent this disaster.

Quick-fire Questions

Does every society have some kind of censorship?

Answer= Every society has some kind of censorship about peoples personal lives and some information needs to kept so as to prevent panic.

Who makes decisions on what you can and can’t say?

Answer= Me, my parents, and all elder relatives or people I know.

What’s worse banning words or banning ideas?

Answer= Banning ideas is worse than banning words because you can put your ideas in action and show them without talking but banning ideas means saying them but not achieving your success.

Is censorship necessary during a pandemic?

Answer= Censorship is necessary during a pandemic so as to stop wrong information from spreading and information can only be told to others if it was confirmed by high authority.

Harmful Language

Physical harm can be defined as harm that comes to the body and causes damage to one’s appearance.

Psychological harm can be defined as harm to one’s emotion which causes embarrassment, anger, hate etc. It makes someone feel bad about themselves.

Situation 1

Miniature mouse and rambunctious rhino find themselves together by the side of a river. They are alone. Rhino runs over to mouse stomping his feet loudly. “Get away from my river or I will stomp on you”. Mouse looks worried.

Questions

-Where any of the animals in danger?

Answer= The mouse was in danger.

-If so, was it physical or psychological harm they were at risk of?

Answer= The mouse was at risk of physical harm.

-How would you feel in that situation?

Answer= I will feel scared and worried in that situation before I start to panic.

Situation 2

Miniature mouse and rambunctious rhino run into each other again. This time they are in long grass were mouse lives. “You’re so wrinkly and ugly. All my mouse friends agree. You don’t belong here.”

Questions

-Where any of the animals in danger?

Answer= The rhino is in anger.

-If so, was it physical or psychological harm they were at risk of?

Answer= The rhino is at risk of psychological harm.

-How would you feel in that situation?

Answer= I would feel ashamed and run off in that situation.

Situation 3

Miniature mouse and rambunctious rhino are meeting each other in the long grass once more. Thousands of other mice emerge stuffing about quickly and whispering to each other. Mouse shuffles over to rhino and squeaks up once more. “You are wrinkly and ugly. All my mouse friends agree. You don’t belong here.” The whispering mice are all scowling and nodding their heads.

Questions

-Where any of the animals in danger?

Answer= The rhino was in danger.

If so, was it physical or psychological harm they were at risk of?

Answer= The rhino was at risk of psychological harm.

-How would you feel in that situation?

Answer= I would feel ashamed and run off.

Situation 4

-Miniature Mouse and Rambunctious Rhino bump into each other again by an enormous old tree. “Sorry about yesterday” mouse whispers. “Me too” mutters Rhino before saying “You know we grey animals should really stick together. It is the Gargantuan Giraffes we should have a problem with”. “Quite right” Mouse replies.

Questions

-Where any of the animals in danger?

Answer= The Gargantuan Giraffes were in danger.

-If so, was it physical or psychological harm they were at risk of?

Answer= The gargantuan Giraffes were at risk of both physical harm from the rhino and psychological harm from the mice.

-How would you feel in that situation?

Answer= I would feel like I am being tortured in that situation.

-Censorship is a slippery slope because someone will start from censoring small things to the point of depriving people of their private life and their freedom.

-According to the level of authority or power you have is how people respect you and your wishes. If you are in high authority it will be prompt. If you’re not in so high authority then you have less privilege.

-Physical harm is more dangerous than psychological harm.

-If any of these situations were happening to humans I will do the best I can when it is psychological.

-Those in authority should make sure that the rules around freedom of speech re followed so; no one will lie in the public by giving false information.

-My percentage has not changed during the cause of the activity because I still believe that people should have the common sense to express themselves but not reveal secrets.

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