Thursday, March 29, 2012

Guilty of being an idiot

"Our children and their children will conduct their lives online in a way we can hardly imagine"

"Spite and impotent fury should not be allowed to hide under the magnificent cloak of free speech."

"The Muamba-Stacey case feels like a watershed. Is it, as some have claimed, a wild over-reaction to a drunken lout and an attack on free speech? Or does it mark the moment when society decided it had finally had enough and began to enforce some rules of decency in the lawless bandit country of the internet? Guardians of unfettered expression may react to Liam Stacey’s conviction with that oft-quoted defence of the offensive, “I disapprove of what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it”. Not me. Not when I’ve seen for myself how the anything-goes online culture is a bullies’ charter, emboldening raucously amoral people to terrorise the weak, insult the strong and desecrate the dead."

The curse of the internet trolls - Telegraph

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