Just when you think that people can’t get any more stupid. They prove you wrong. It turns out that the people who have raised the bar on stupidity is none other than people in our own country. The result of which? A fellow blogger and friend had to make a call to his ISP to shut down his own blog not because of contents he put.
But because of comments other people wrote.
This reminds me of that time a blogger got sued for what other people have commented on his site and is talked about briefly here. Now I’ve talked about this before a lot and it just frustrates me how many people actually fail to notice the possibility of thigs like this until it actually happens.
Now I hold a zero tolerence attitude to both spam and trolls especially trolls with nothing better to say. This means that anything that has particularly offensive content would be immedietly deleted. Since I keep tabs on what comments come in and have particular keywords monitored, that pretty much keeps me safe. Which brings me to some few questions.
- Will all bloggers adapt a similar strategy in the future?
- Would there be actual black and white laws protecting us from things like this in the future?
- Would this compromise the freedom of speech?
I think the bottom line is that as long as stupidity exists, the very heart of freedom of speech would always be compromised. It’s like having democracy and having hillbilly yokels put a complete retard in charge of the whole nation because it appeals to them. It doesn’t really work. So what good is freedom of speech if we don’t have a rights or ability to protect ourselves from the blatant misuse of something that’s supposed to be good?
Would we all become China-like dictators of our own blog, constantly monitoring and moderating what’s been said and who says it to stem the tide of stupidity and protect ourselves from being prosecuted by a law that’s meant to keep the peace?
Advocates of freedom of speech would still say this moderation is not upholding the right to freedom of speech. But what choice do we have? Between protecting stupid hate comments and myself. I would think it makes more sense to protect your own self rather than defending stupidity. But hey…whatever makes you happy.
I agree with Mack that this issue needs to be address, but it should have been addressed a long time ago and not in the near future. If Malaysia’s side of the blogosphere is literally exploding with blogs that have the ability to say what they want, then we should really have that law right now. Peter could be considered really lucky that nothing legally bad has happened. But how long should we wait till we actually have a legal casuality due to blogging? How long till we realise this is something we got to be proactive about?
I for one don’t want to wait for bad tidings to come beforehand…so in the mean time, I do what I have to do to protect myself, and I suggest, every single one of us does the same thing too.