Censorship- where do we draw the line
Running a website is a tricky business.
Every day there is something that causes the ugly head of censorship to raise its head.
Where do you draw the line? Should we censor our comments section on the site? Are all opinions valid? What if someone if posting total lies? Part of me says that everything should go, that any comment should be allowed and that all debate is welcome.
The internet has blown this wide open. Now everyone can say anything, unfortunately most of this comes without a name attached to it.. that’s the ugly side of the internet – opinion without honesty – anonymous ranting – libel and slander are common parlance on the internet; you literally can say anything about anybody and there is no kick back.
Is this censorship or good manners? Should people be allowed to say what they like and say it without putting their name to their opinions. Even if the name is on the piece – what if it’s a lie presented as the truth? Is the internet the right place to argue about it?
In recent weeks the footballer case has started the focus on twitter etc. There is the potential for libel on the net, the potential to maybe get sued, is this right or wrong? Whould you have the right to say what you want?
This week someone on the internet made up a bizarre story about me- it was pretty mental stuff. The story was taken down by someone else. Should I have insisted the story remained up there? Does it matter if people believe even the most ridiculous lie and slander? Is this a correct censorship? Should it be anything goes even if it’s made up, or do I have the right to not have to put up with people making stuff up?
On the same token do the press have a right to know? Are people who are famous really fair game? is it the media’s right to pour over their private life?
We are entering a very grey area. I believe that like the collapse of the music industry any attempt to reign in the internet will be difficult and that the genie is already out of the bottle. We are living in a time when pub gossip is international and that the internet can be very poisonous indeed.