Free Speech Is On Thin Ice
Friday, January 13, 2012
Is anybody noticing all the flak journalists are getting for trying to do their jobs lately? Free speech of any kind seems to be under attack. It is fairly common now to see people getting arrested for video-taping police officers. To add insult to injury, SOPA/PIPA threatens free speech and spells RED ALERT to almost everyone willing to look at the facts.
Do any of you think you’ll get anywhere by submitting to any of this, sugar coating it, or looking the other way? Now is the time to make ourselves heard. When someone encroaches on our liberty we have a duty to fight back.
The role of the mainstream media has traditionally been to limit debate and to basically be the mouthpiece of government. Conversely, the role of the responsibly minded media is to take advantage of technology and opportunities to spread important/urgent information – being our eyes and ears when we can’t be there.
In the Arabic language, when you Love someone you call that person “ee-oo-nee” which means “my eyes” (probably because they offer you another perspective which you see as crucial and valuable). Hijacked governments are taking our eyes, leaving us blind, deaf and dumb – politically impotent.
There is a lot to look forward to in the times ahead, but we must first deal with history’s immense baggage that is manifesting in all sorts of grotesque ways now, allowing us to see our true colors. I see a lot of beauty in the world, but our present situation is also a nightmarish science fiction scenario for many reasons. At this point we are about to marry that scenario’s much uglier cousin. We must speak now or forever hold our peace (pun fully intended). If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about at this point, you have some catching up to do.