Relating some news about the Internet Week NY 2009, ReadWriteWeb’s Jolie O’Dell ponders:
Is the firehose of social data further killing our attention spans? Are drunken Facebook party pictures necessarily a bad thing?
The last of the two questions made me ponder myself: now really, are drunken Facebook party pictures a bad thing? Extrapolating I went on: is tweeting about your wife’s ass a bad thing? Is uncensored pornography a bad thing? Don’t we live in a free world?
You know, I am a philosophy and religion graduate, so probably I am biased by my own background, but every time I hear anyone advocating the above in the name of “freedom” and “free speech” I shudder a bit.
Too many Internet users are caught in the trap of an apparent freedom that makes them believe that they have the right to publish about anything online, without even considering that they might offend/infringe other people’s freedom by doing so. The simplistic mentality behind these behaviors is easy to sum up: “if they don’t like it, they should not read/watch/look at it.”
Oh, the hypocrisy! These are the same people who would do anything to defend their views, from calling names the ones who express an opinion against their own, to threats, pressure and bullying. Somehow the trolls have the power of the many… Many like to look at drunken Facebook pictures, and many will say “More power to you, Kuthcer” whenever this one decides to expose Demi Moore’s butt on Twitter.
So now I wonder: how much is too much? Where do we draw the line and do we need to draw a line?