Previously: I briefly discussed Free Speech and Censorship in the United States.
Note: I’ve been busy with preparing for the new semester; trying to get my lesson plans in order has been wonderful but stressful.
Over the years, there have been several articles and TV segments on how there are consequences for free speech and that (majority white) people need to stop acting as if they’re entitled to consequence-free speech. This idea is consistently addressed every time there is a major upset regarding someone, usually after a high-profile person of some sort, who has engaged in harassment and hate speech toward […] Continue Reading…

So one of the arguments that people keep making in regards to racist language – whether it be the “thoughtless prankster” PewDiePie, the blatantly neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, or the clearly white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos – is that everyone should have access to the Freedom of Speech. This divorces a lot of what’s happening in these events and the context surrounding them with what Freedom of Speech actually is and how it functions.
Note: I said I was making a multi-part post, and this is the first of the set. I may make reference to the consequences of free speech, but […] Continue Reading…

Warning: There is some of discussion of anti-Semitism. Some links and images may include racial slurs, Nazis, anti-Semitism, and racism.
Something’s happened recently that’s massively interesting: Disney decided cut ties to PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) after he posted videos with anti-Semitic imagery and statements (or “jokes”) this past month. It’s partly interesting to me because he’s made headline news for this, which is probably because he has the most subscribers on YouTube’s platform. It’s also interesting to me because he finally was shown that even jokes that utilise “ironic bigotry” have consequences.

You know, that peksy responsibility that everyone seems to conveniently […] Continue Reading…

I feel like I’m having a weird relationship with the way that news media is being handled. As an observer, since I don’t work as a journalist, I feel like I’m more capable of watching the impacts of what is being done than the people producing it; I also feel like my conflict of interest is decreased, as many of them are pursuing clicks and views. This sounds like an insult, but I don’t mean it to be one.

This click-and-view culture is a bit problematic; for many journalists and creators, this is how they survive within their career. Getting […] Continue Reading…

“Well, I tried” is probably one of my least favourite comments to hear when it’s regarding the progress of a relationship or the supposed happiness of the other person. In fact, it’s a phrase that I’ve heard far too frequently from men with whom I’ve been in romantic entanglements, and it’s definitely a phrase that indicates they’ve actually not tried because they actively refused to acknowledge the needs of the other person (in this case, me).

I cannot count the number of times my most recent (now-ex) partner stated “I tried to make you happy” but seemed to overlook a […] Continue Reading…

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