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Evil Freedom Of Speech

We defend freedom of speech quite heavily, but what about when freedom of speech can be directly linked to mass murders and mass killings? New organizations, such as CNN, are supposed to be a public interest group and report news. They are not supposed to glorify mass murders and put them on to leader boards. Forensic psychologists know why a large amount of shootings happen, the shooters are looking for attention. When the Virginia Tech shooting happened, not only was the shooter placed on a leader board for the entire world to see, he sent press packages to the news organizations which then proceeded to shamelessly use them.

While many of my posts are objective view points about underlying moral principals, this particular issue is one that can be fixed some what easily. The victims of the shooter need to sue news organizations for the death of their loved ones. The shooter(s) own traits of arrogance and need for attention could be used against these organizations. They will more likely then not admit that they did the shootings out of a need for attention and that press coverage from organizations like CNN helped push them over the edge.

Freedom of speech is important but when speech is being utilized primarily for the need to raise ratings and money for private organizations it needs to be stopped when it can lead to mass murders. Humans are drawn to the exceptional, the unique events in life, this is why we slow down when we see a car crash or are drawn to news websites when we hear there is a disastrous event. It is entertaining because it is exceptional but that doesn’t make it right. Those causality numbers that CNN rhymes off so readily as a score are more then just numbers, they are actually people. While the majority of people might find it interesting, for the family of those victims, those numbers actually represent sadness and horror.

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  1. July 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I wrote about the inflicted emotions in

    http://whoisbert.blogspot.be/2011/07/thinking-of-losing-control.html

    The role of the media is not a terribly good one, but censorship is worse than showing the world who the murderers really are and how they glorify their thinking, regardless of whether this is counterintuitive. At least we can make up our own mind, not fed by the opinions of a dictatorship as it happens in North Korea or Persia.

  2. July 25, 2012 at 11:10 am
    • July 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I live in Canada, we have strong gun control. However I disagree with him. This average kid was not average at all; he was a doctoral student, top of his class and was riding through the academic world on full scholarships. No one would of thought twice about giving him guns and ammo.

      Everyone is trying to figure out why he did it and I think the answer is probably that he could. If you recount my article on internal chaos, from what I am aware this kid was stuck in academia and I am guessing his parents were probably pretty restrictive. This internal chaos might of been coupled with some kind of mental distress that caused him to snap.

      I think a good metaphor is trapping an animal in a corner. If we look at things like columbine there was powerful motivating factors behind the two shooters, one was apparently a psychopath but the other was severely depressed. I honestly think in this situation there was some form of entrapment, and he needed to escape.

      He temporarily entered the flow, but he is going to be knocked out of it pretty quickly and it is doubtful he will ever be able to get back into it.

      • July 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        I’m sure in Belgium or Norway he wouldn’t have been able to get this amount of ammunition in a legal way. Regardless, if we see what happened a year ago in Norway, legislation alone is not going to stop individuals from doing their evil.

        What i read in the above mentioned article is that our societies are a source of alienation for many.
        You word this as ‘an animal in a corner’, which is spot on.

        Society will never be able to get rid of cornered human beings, but at least it could reduce the amount of them.
        You cannot control ‘outcasts’. Our society is not doing enough to embrace all human beings making part of it. This will become our biggest challenge in a world that is more and more a ‘city-world’, with few contacts, secluded lives and not enough feedback in a healthy way.

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