posted on Dec, 26 2012 @ 09:26 PM
I propose that 'free speech' as it is currently instituted is relatively worthless in our modern age in which everything is privatized and
corporate-owned. What value does freedom of speech have if it only applies in public? Most of our interactions take place within the context of
You go to work or school - free speech is not guaranteed. You go to a bar, club, restaurant, or 'out' somewhere wherever other human beings gather,
and you generally find yourself on corporate property - free speech is not guaranteed. Go to the mall (corporate property) - free speech is not
guaranteed. Come home and post on an internet forum, read the mainstream news and participate in the comments section - free speech is not guaranteed.
These are the places where the majority of our human interactions and communication take place, yet free speech is not guaranteed in any of the above
contexts. In reality, the only place where free speech is guaranteed is out in the public parts of town (as if having free speech while walking on the
sidewalk has any real value) and in contexts in which you own the property on which you're speaking (which applies to a tiny minority of us). If
corporations own and control every single speaking outlet we have, then we as a society don't actually have free speech at all.
In a truly free and open society, in which ideas can be exchanged and expressed among its members without fear of censorship or suppression, free
speech would be guaranteed everywhere, in public and private contexts. Private and corporate censorship is much more damaging to the free flow of
information and ideas than any kind of public censorship. That is why I propose that censorship be eradicated and free speech be guaranteed in all
contexts, public and private.
edit on 26-12-2012 by SilentKoala because: (no reason given)