What happened to Freedom of Speech? Social media is an extension of our social freedom of speech. Amazon was recently regulated to pay taxes. They had a previous unfair competitive advantage for years because of slow Internet regulations regarding sales tax.
The connection is this: our freedom of speech is compromised when using social media. The written word has multiple meanings depending on who is interpreting the information. This leads to miscommunication and unavoidable conflict. People’s thoughts and opinions are shared on the world’s social medium and they have a free right to their opinion; regardless of who disagrees, regardless of hurt feelings, and regardless of what is right or wrong.
People in the public eye have fallen victim to unfortunate criticisms for their shared beliefs. Congress needs to act on extending our freedom of speech to social media and either grant full inclusion or create a system with asterisks. An asterisk that I am in favor of would be threats of physical harm on another person and direct bullying. I’m sure there are others, but those are the first two that stand out.
People are conducting private conversations in public and their words are analyzed and reinterpreted into a meaning that fits into the viewer’s belief system. We find what we are looking for and if you look hard enough you will see it. A statement meant a certain way can be taken completely out of context and innocent people’s careers could end up destroyed.
Final words: When people believe in something that goes against what we believe in; that does not make what they believe in wrong. People are entitled to their opinions, and should not be publicly humiliated. It is not okay to perpetrate defamation of character on someone because we disagree with them or what they have said. It is okay to share our opposing beliefs and all people should feel free to express themselves without fearing retribution.
We all have different opinions and that is what makes us human. We need to start to learn to accept this fact and use it to our advantage.
In short: Be careful what you share in public, because it can, and will, be used against you, in a court of law, at work, against your family, and in a public forum, until Congress acts on our behalf.
Keith Lawrence Miller, M.A., PCC, BCC, CPRW
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