(Trigger Warning Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?) PDF READ · Mick Hume
Free speech is important than urt feelings It is a sorry sign of the times that such a statement might seem outlandish to some Trigger warning common sense based views anti priggishness the necessity to judge for yourself and not take everything the author says at face value anti Mary After All holier than thou conformism freedom does not include the right to unchallenged narcissismSupposing you feel inclined to disagree with the above uotation from Mick Hume s book Trigger Warning Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech and would want to counter that whenever you use your right to speaking your mind freely you should take into considerationow your words will be received and if they might not do arm than good you might already be on the slippery slope of self censorship at best and demanding further going state regulations for free speech at worst In that case reading this book might do you a world of goodMind although Hume as a very wide definition of what Halt v nebezpečí (Hraničářův učeň, he regards as falling under the scope of free speech wider in fact than I personally deem appropriatee still says that libel insults and threats do not of course ualify as examples of people using this basic right And what is Miss Emily he says thataving the right of using free speech even though it may offend others does not exempt you from judging for yourself the appropriateness in any given situation of doing so according to William Hazlitt s dictum An Phoenix (Black City, honest man speaks the truth though it may give offence a vain man in order that it may In that context we might also add that a vain man or woman is especially uick at taking offenseHume is not only concerned with growing state regulations against free speech but also with the increasing influence of the PC language police that do their best to limit the scope of what can be said in public and even in private andere What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales his cogent conclusion is The attempt to de normalise any speech which somebody finds offensive isaving a stultifying effect on public debate encouraging an atmosphere of tame conformism and mute self censorship Chapter 8The problem BabyCakes Covers the Classics here is that what I youe she it regard as an offense is perfectly subjective and while some people might feel offended and Saul Bellow hurt in their feelings by what they see when they look into the mirror yet what the mirror shows them is the truth In public debates this narcissistic approach of terming anything one might feel offended by asate speech will eventually lead to the stifling of discussion and the end of people expressing their thoughts for fear of being branded as White Old Men and maybe even of The Ground Beneath Her Feet having their social and professional lives ruined in a modern witchunt Hume s conclusion is anyone is entitled to take offence at anything said by anybody else But taking offence does not give them any right to take away somebody else s freedom of speech ibidHume sees the reason for this increase in touchiness and the instrumentalization of being offended something that according to Frank Furedi will lead to the criminalization of criticism in the fact that in pluralistic societies traditional sources of identity like nation church family are losing influence and that people strive to establish new identities and Oh My Gods! he states that identity politics is the sphere of competitive victimhood Identity groups draw their moral authority from the claim for redress for grievances and offences against them past and present The insistence that you are constantly vulnerable and victimized reinforces the tendency to take offence at any opinion outside your identity s narrow worldview Since identity is defined subjectively it matters not what the intention of the offending speaker or writer mightave been If the identity group says it is offensive then it automatically must be so and demands for a withdrawal apology and possibly compensation will follow ibidYou may want to laugh out loud at the idea of making another person s arbitrary or self alleged level of sensibility the litmus test of what you are allowed to say but the laughter will surely die in your throat when you learn that UK legislation s definition of Frogs French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, hate speech is based on exactly what the person spoken or referred to or any other person might deem offensive I could notelp thinking that at the bottom of all this madness which is not void of method there is people s increasing tendency to rely on the Nanny State a tendency which is encouraged by self appointed social justice warriors People Artful have and got used to relying on the state and the government to redress social wrongs and to fight the ills of social ineuality but their material well being is just one thing Another is their urge to feel cozy in their assumptions about themselves and so their next demand will be for the state to make sure that they might notave to face their own orthodoxies challenged by dissenting views The flipside of it all is that the state and a self righteous and jaded Internet mob will become the arbiter in the uestion of what can and what cannot be said in public and eventually thought in private Thoughtcrime will no longer be just a dystopian bogeyman and the idea of the government actually educating citizens as though they were foul mouthed and naughty children will become acceptable After all a nanny not only feeds clothes and pampers er fosterlings but also as to tell them what they must and must not say and think And governments just ever thankfully grasp at any excuse to enlarge their power over civil lifeHume also deals with other strategies of what e calls the reverse Voltaires for example their favourite weapons of labelling opposing views as based on phobias or denial strategies in order to make them seem spawned by psychological disorders or downright dishonesty and put them beyond the pale of what is worth discussing In old rhetoric schools this was called the argumentum ad ominem or the appeal to motive both strategies of poisoning the well In societies based on free speech individualism and scientific progress strategies like these should be beneath any responsible and enlightened person s dignity For example will findings and data casting some doubt on anthropogenic climate change be adeuately dealt with by calling scientists who come up with them climate change deniers Probably only so if you are very very religious about that sort of thing When you read some of the raving rants of climate change orthodoxics on scientists who either do not believe in anthropogenic climate change or do not assign the topic top priority in Chapter 10 you may well gain the impression that the Middle Ages and the Holy Inuisition عصير الرماد have been reintroduced through the back doorI cannot deny ahem that Mick Hume s thoughts on the silent war on free speech were on the whole very convincing to me and I sincerelyope that the western world will not adopt the new religion of stupidity and self censoring because in the long run every single one of us would suffer from its conseuences Nevertheless the book is not flawless For once it is too long and repetitive Second I find it Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One, hard to agree with Hume s loose definition of free speech When dumb and sexually frustrated Internet junkies post their raping fantasies with regard to a certain person online I would not unlike Hume regard this as a despicable though meaningless insult but I would argue that this is a substantial threat and should be prosecuted accordingly Hamstringing crude remarks like these or racial slurs is not the same as shutting down a debate by labelling your opponent a climate change denier or by tellingim to check The Legacy (The Restoration Series, his privileges as though men could notold views on abortion or as bow. Concise and Abridged EditionIn this blistering polemic veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression which e argues is threatened in the West not by jackbooted censorship but by a creeping culture of conformism and You Can’t Say ThatIn a fierce defence of free speech – in all its forms
(Trigger Warning Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?) PDF READ · Mick Hume
A recurring use which turns out to be boring of eual expressions throughout the book which could easily ave been suppressed in favor of an easier and open reading The struggle for freedom of expression is undoubtedly a fundamental struggle and one that must be actively fought by all The right to express the thoughts of others especially the ideas we detest is fundamental to the development of cultured and sustainable societies Mick Humme rightly calls our attention to that the way in which Celine he does it could be interesting While I can get behind Hume s overarching premise that free speech should be untrammelede lays out parameters so vast essentially limitless with the only regulation being the common sense intelligence and courtesy of the individualIs Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, he naive or disingenuous thi Warning fitting In case it wasn t obvious this is a political review If you are easily offended by different opinions this book and review aren t for youWhat s it aboutThe author of this book asks readers if free speech is under attack ase goes over recent and Ballet Shoes historical cases of censorship why all speech is free speech and why it s worth fighting for even if you disagree with what s being saidProsThis book is uite interesting Those who follow me know that free speech and censorship are things I m very passionate about so it interested me It evenelped me think some things slightly differently as I noticed some stuff Thanks for opening my eyes to a thing or two bookThis book is educational I actually learned some stuff Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, here so that s pretty coolThis book is oftenumorousThe narrator of the audio edition I listened to as a perfect voice for nonfiction I specify nonfiction as I m not sure I d care for it in a fictional audiobookConsThis guy seriously overreacts to trigger warnings I still fail to see ow a content warning puts a gun to the Cheri Red head of free speech as this book puts it I ll go in depth on trigger warnings later in the review but yeah I think this writer really jumped off the deep end with thatThis book definitelyas a right wing bias So yeah it does point out a few cases of conservatives attacking free speech but CONSTANTLY points out things that liberals Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page have done and that it was liberals also a minor note one part of the book sounded slightly transphobic which certainly doesn telp Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, hide the biasThe main reason this is a 3 star instead of a 4 is because it beats a deadorse and is drawn out This book is almost 12 Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition hours long because it often goes on and on even repeating itself uite a bitIs all speech free speechI say yes If free speech was regulated it would not be free Sure I don t like racism sexism ableismomophobia transphobia etc but people who do Aladdin have the right to say that bullshit just as Iave the right to say it s bullshit because that s Daddy Must Die how free speech works It s also notable thatistory proves letting the government regulate speech is dangerous and a path we should avoidIs free speech in dangerYes and no First of all I The Message Glorious have to make it clear that both liberals and conservatives are full of shit when it comes to this Liberals sayow they O Cérebro de Broca hate censorship when it comes toow the FCC fines people for saying certain words on broadcast TV or radio agree shouldn t be fined and censored but cheer when a subreddit they deem offensive is banned what At the same time conservatives ate censorship when Alex Jones is banned on social media I may not be an Info Wars fan but I agree shouldn t be censored but it s the Republican President Donald Trump that blames video games for violence many conservative groups unsurprisingly agree with blaming this as well as certain types of TV shows and music and even pressured Blumhouse Productions into cancelling the release of a controversial violent movie The HuntI think in some countries Australia Canada England and China are the first to come to mind the governments ave killed free speech in absolutely Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales horrible ways some going to jail or even beat in a few cases killed for something deemed offensive by people andor the country s government which is absolutely awful Social media sites are private companies so should do whatever they want but you gotta admit they are very banappy and often gang up on certain people especially but not only when it comes to political content so it s annoying at best In America there are some active forms of censorship FCC regulations on broadcast TV and AMFM radio come to mind and there are many groups and people who want to destroy free speech but I think in the end and this applies for other countries and even social media if people stand up for it free speech will win and it is far from dead in the US where I and despite the author being British probably most of the book s audience liveAre trigger warnings promoting censorshipThis confuses me A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, how that s a uestion TBH When a show book video game music video or anything else includes a warning for insert whateverere it is not saying THIS CONTENT IS UNSAFE AND MUST BE FORBIDDEN ROMANTIC TAKEOVER hell the makers of these things want people to viewlistenplayreadetc but it is not recommended if you are offended by such things I know someone a relative who is really proud of me for releasing my first book even if she didn t read it because she saw the warning for extreme levels of violence language and sexual content That s why trigger warnings on things exist I will admit that they can sometimes be exaggerated I remember at least once reading reviews for a book that included long scrolls of trigger warnings but when I read it I barely even noticed ANY offensive content and I personally don tave any use for them as I m almost never offended by anything at this point but I understand that some people don t like seeing certain things If those people say that stuff with insert whatever they re offended by ere should be banned they re promoting censorship but simply not wanting to expose themselves or their kids the main reason TVMA warnings on shows and M for mature labels on video games exist to that stuff that is entirely differentOverallAn interesting sometimes umorous book that is unfortunately often drug out and Keeper of the Light has some issuesI d recommend it if you like political nonfiction andor are interested in the subject but if not this won t interest you35 Trigger warning sexism racismomophobia white privilege safe space mocking liberal mocking After I finished this book yesterday I prepared to give a scathing review about privilege and obligations of safety that most private companies Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, have contracts that reuire certain behavior as part of at will employment that the bullying and those social media triggerappy criers of offensive racist and even check your privilege while annoying are within their rights of free speech to say those things too And then I saw a post on my Facebook feed Some liberal morally The Homing high minded individual put a post aboutow disgusted she was t This book raises some pretty good points but there s far too much repetition and it feels as if there is no structure Also the author seems to contradict The Women of Easter himselfe s concerned about free speech but considers massive public I m mostly subscribed to the author s idea of free speech fundamentalism but the book itself Why Are You So Scared? has some editorial problems too much repetition I m deeply passionate about this topic but took almost an entire week to get through this book at times even finding it a chore mostly because of its repetitiveness He couldave also stood to perhaps footnote a bit which is not to say that The Power of One he doesn t supportis arguments for the sake of being comprehensive Anyway for me a good and mostly convincing thesis slightly let down stylistically. T the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists showed the need to restrict offensive ideas and opinionsBut the fundamental freedom being attacked – the right to be offensive despite the problems it might create – is vital to a free and civilised society Without unfettered freedom of expression other liberties will not be possible.
Dlerizing Mark Twain or Joseph Conrad in a pathetic attempt to rewrite The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, history thereby proving one s pathetic ignorance of literature I would also not agree with Hume s attempts at whitewashing the often rather mud slinging and manipulative popular press butere Hume is obviously writing pro domoLast not least there remains the uestion of He Who Dares how powerful words are when it comes to changing reality and to manipulating people While I cannotelp laughing at Judith Butler s performativity model which reminds me of Frodo s fear of speaking the name of Sauron out aloud or of the stoning scene in The Life of Brian I do not share Hume s smugness about people s general immunity against propaganda and manipulation either The truth is probably that people can be seduced by words but not by those alone and that leaving them to judge for themselves might also The Thing About December have them end up with wrong and evenarmful conclusions Nevertheless the danger of people making the wrong choices is no justification for governments and identity pressure groups to decide what may and what may not be said and thought because that what would be the source of their ultimate authority to do so Are they less passionate impartial better educated or even the better people And after all people need not necessarily end up with the wrong ideas if they Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar have the chance to see both sides of a uestion and if they are used to using their loaves Living in a democracy and enjoying personal freedoms also from government control andaving the right to send up self righteous po faced prigs by the way are such t highs good that even the possibility of sometimes making the wrong choices is a price we should be willing to payWith all due apologies from a white middle aged male This book wouldave benefited greatly from the services of a ruthless editor s pen Far too much repetition and overuse of phrases reverse Voltaires got particularly irksome Having said that the book does argue passionately and persuasively for untrammelled free speech Absolutely excellent I felt like I wanted to read bits out to everybody all the time and pretty much every page as some uote worthy lines The argument for allowing unrestrained free speech is convincingly put forward and I felt Mick Hume covered all the relevant points thoroughly If I could I d make this compulsory reading The False Security of ConsensusIf you believe in the free expression of ideas either as a speaker or a listener this is an impassioned look at the erosion of free speech in our time The Good Bits We deny the right to free speech at our own peril Not only is the speaker s right to express involved but also the listener s right to ear Without the ability to Stand Up and Fight hear contrary racist xenophobic conspiracy theorist appalling opinions we will lose the ability to defend our own views No one will need to learn theistory of the Holocaust because it will be illegal to discuss anything but the official version to which we are all supposed to agree Christopher Hitchens was ever so elouent on this point in one of is myriad debates What would you do if you met a Flat Earth Society Member Come to think of it ow can I prove the Earth is round Don t take refuge in the false security of consensus Cranks anti Semites bigots must all be allowed to express their opinions without outlawing them We Now Is the Hour have a far powerful and lasting tool at our disposal we can smash and marginalize those opinions with superior argument The book is well organized and it works most effectively when summarizing the recent infringements of free speech of the last century vividly in the last 15 years Some of the examples were unknown to me and trulyorrifying In reading them I often wondered if Londons Glory (Bryant May, human beings ateart simply wish to be intellectual slaves Throughout Jingle Bells history there seems to be a recurring theme of proscribing contrary views as soon as possible like moths to a flame Hume also does an excellent job of dispelling the misapprehensions about Oliver Wendel Holmes crowded theatre ruling I admit that liberals in the United States promulgate much of theypersensitivity on college campuses seemingly so different even from my college days 10 years ago It is a sad thing to say but on this issue of free speech and political correctness some men and women I admire are farcically wayward Weird to say but in 2015 Paul Krugman and Barack Obama are much less cogent than Trey Parker and Matt Stone on defending free speech in America NegativesHume only strays in is final two chapters in my estimation He gets overtly political and while e Troys has disdain for both partiese insists that there is an ongoing attempt to muzzle the press mostly by the political left As a leftist Knights Templar in Britain himselfe decries this However Reign of Fury (Battles in the Dark, his examples are feeble The notorious News of the World tabloid in Britain was closed largely due to a giant police inuest the largest in Britishistory Seems over the top to invest so much time and attention to a mere tabloid yes But they were not indicted for spreading calumny or insinuating Tom Cruise was gay or any such item They were illegally taping conversations of private individuals and also manipulated the voicemail box of a kidnapped child who was killed soon thereafter and in so doing misled the family into believing their daughter was alive If there is a free speech issue involved I wouldn t want to live in a world without ridicule of sanctimonious celebrities it takes a back seat to real legal infractions that caused real Nature Cure harm Hume s point gets lost in bad examples like theseHe also defends Philip Morris the Koch brothers and other large corporations rights to free speech whiche contends should be treated like any private individual s I contest this because of context which Hume is constantly invoking In the United Stated and the UK we share risk and cost of disease burden A large burden of say smoking should be discouraged not just because it is decent not enough in of itself but because it causes The Bookshop on the Corner harm affecting all in society It is not illegal toave vices or to smoke A multi national multi billion dollar corporation can and does pressure dissenting voices scientific lay press that could diminish profits Nicotine is also physiologically addictive Plain packaging laws that is to say a token restriction on the advertising of poison to a population who collectively shares the burden of the effects of the poisonings is not the subversion of Philip Morris right to express their opinion To object to the placement of factual information on carcinogens is a reductio ad absurdum and further insults the intelligence of the populace something Hume derides in myriad other casesOne other small critiue which The Fixer (The Fixer, has been made by others The rejoinder I may not agree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say itas been variously attributed to many including Voltaire Hume refers to those contesting free speech as reverse Voltaires many times throughout the book Many many times This grows tiresome because while exactly on point it simply doesn t One of Your Own have a nice ring to it and after 30 invocations feels stale and awkward Don t let this disclaimer steer you away from what is otherwise a tight important book The author undoubtedly presents a passionate and extremely important defense of freedom of expression pointing out in an extensive way the various risks some of which often go unnoticed threatening it However the author sometimes incurs in logical leaps so large that they weaken the arguments presented on the otherand and not infreuently Nina he uses examples that become perfectly out of context to defendis points of view At the editorial level we see. ?? Mick Hume’s blistering polemic exposes the new threats facing us today in the istoric fight for freedom of expression Ours is an age when sensitive students must be sheltered from potentially offensive material in ‘safe spaces’ Twitter vigilantes police those expressing the ‘wrong’ opinion online and many even insist tha.