This morning, I posted about Michael Savage and the Forward to his new book, Banned in Britain. I got on a kick about Free Speech, and how he should not be banned from England for being verbally controversial.
Now, in the past, Damian and I have discussed the Free Speech issue … and occasionally, we’ve both wondered whether restricting free speech might be a good idea, and perhaps even necessary. This morning, I was on the Free Speech is goooooood argument, and Damian, quite correctly, dredged up some of the worst Savage quotes to put the Free Speech standard to the test.
While, to be frank, it makes me extremely uncomfortable to read some of what Michael Savage has said in the past … yet I choose to defend his right to say it.
Anyway, there are two sides to this argument … and in this time where governments like England and Venezuela are moving towards restricting speech, I think we need to consider the other side of the free speech argument.
Think of this as an online debate class thing, where we argue both sides of an issue. Then, feel free to choose in the comments section.
One example that leaps to mind that strengthens the argument FOR censorship of free expression is the song Russian Roulette by Rihanna. When I heard this song yesterday on Activ Radio, I was stunned. Specifically, here are arguments against free speech that came to mind after hearing the song:
- Does she not understand the power of words? Does she not get that there are tweenagers and teenagers who are bobbing their heads to the beat, mouthing her lyrics about how her heart is beating but she’s not leaving?
- Seriously … she’s singing about how she has the courage to play Russian Roulette with her sick boyfriend?
- Ne-Yo, who wrote this song, is an agent provocateur.
- She makes the case for the restriction of free speech with this song.
- It’s like — let’s sing about and glorify Russian Roulette. I can just hear the arguments defending the song … it’s just words, what. I’m just singing, what. I’m not telling people to shoot themselves, what. I end up dead at the end, what. That proves the whole song was bad and don’t do it, right? What.
It’s freedom of expression. What.
- Was free speech meant to protect this absurd song? Seriously? Thomas Jefferson was thinking Russian Roulette by Rihanna? HAHAAAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAA….
- Does she get that people connect and relate to the words and emotions of a song from their favorite artist, and that they’re learning unhealthy behavior?
- Maybe we should ban all unhealthy Enneagram Types from participating in public speech?
- The ending of the song was all SHOCK and no VALUES.
- Looks like the video is even worse … deliberate suicide, gas chamber, Rihanna getting shot on land, under water … sheesh. The self-loathing is off-the-charts, or should I say number one with a bullet.
Anyway, I’ll let you argue about this in the comments section. I believe in free speech, but this song makes me feel like free speech is a societal suicide pact.
I WISH record execs, radio execs, and artists had a little more, uh, I don’t know, the ability to govern themselves on issues like this? You know, instead of just exploiting domestic violence to sell mp3′s and tickets?
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