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Well said. We need to take responsible for what we said.
Words are powerful. A simple word can convey different meaning to different people. Hence, choice of word is very important when comes to a conversation, meeting, interview or even press conference. In Cyberworld, there are many platforms provide netizens a chance to comment on an issue, post up own information and more. These platforms normally do not have much restriction on choice of words. This somehow led to the issue of cyberbully and arguments. For me, communicating in the Internet has somehow provided people knowledge and also interaction with people at the other side of the earth.
‘Theoretically online dialogue might involve any medium of expression from emoticons to video blogging but as writer text is the most accessible, persistent..’ (Martin 2011). Any dialogues or comments can be in many different forms and each of it can have their impacts. Like what Martin mentioned, text is most accessible. I agree. Once we get to online, we exposed to more than billions words. So, a question here, since some words can create chaos, do we need to restrict people from posting sensitive words online? I used to think there are no restriction is needed since I support freedom of speech. However, after I discovered this case, I have changed my perspective.
There is a case happened in Canada. A Canada teenager committed suicide because she constantly was being bullied in school and Facebook. Her name is Amanda Todd, she used to webcam and chat with people. There were some people praised she was pretty, gorgeous and they asked her to exposed herself, and she did it. That guy Facebook message her and threatened her with her nude pictures and he put those photos online. She falled in depression and her parents transferred her to other school. That guy comes back but this time, he created a Facebook page with her nude photos. She started get bullied by her schoolmates from different schools. ‘Amanda’s friend, Gabriel Harrison, told CBC News that some of her tormentors were vicious.”People were hating on her on Facebook and posting rude stuff on her wall, and they’d give her shady looks and stuff and harass her in public too,” he said’ (CBC News 2012). I have summarized the whole story, for more information, you can visit to this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/10/11/bc-maple-ridge-suicide.html I feel really sad about this case. Although Amanda Todd did something wrong as well, but she doesn’t deserve all these bullies.
Most of the teenagers go online. In Todd’s case, most of the haters are teenagers and they post rude stuff and even tagged her in a photo. After she attempted to commit suicide, people commented in her Facebook like, ‘why are you not dying yet?’, ‘she deserves it’ and they even asked her try different bleach to suicide. She saw all these and her anxiety/depression get more serious. After she committed suicide, there are still a bunch of people who still making fun of her with words and pictures online.
Source from: http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/4164985/amanda+todd
It is very offensive and disrespectful! This posted up after Todd committed suicide.
After reading this case, do you think it is a must to have a restriction? As I mentioned, I used to think freedom of speech is important, now I think that restriction have to be apply in certain platforms for certain words that can create chaos. I understand that it is really hard for the website’s owner to govern all the conversation online. There is way to ease the website owner to govern the conversation. It is to let the netizens decide which contents they think it is inappropriate. Take Youtube as example, users will able to comment in any videos they want. Users can report the comments they think it is abusive or harmful to people and Youtube will take action by deleting the comment. I think it is a useful way for website owner to govern the conversation in the platform. With the power of netizens, different online platform will be able to govern conversation without watching the screen 24/7.
However, sometimes I think that we are fishes that live in a fish bowl. Our conversation online are govern by other people, just like how fishes being observe. No matter how the fishes hide themselves, fish bowl is transparent, people can find them easily. Just like us in the Internet. We are over-govern sometimes. We always have our rights in commenting anything. However, the comments or posting have to be something harmless to the other people. For example, I blogged something against an issue and it is all based my own opinion. I personally think it is not a problem for us to comment on something, just the word we use and the way we convey it. Convey your opinion carefully and wisely will help us avoid from chaos. A regulation is needed in Internet to prevent conversation that harm people, but certain freedom have to be given for people who comment something they like or want without harming anyone. What I concern here is, do not hurt people with harmful words. Comment on an issue, not a person.
Lastly, self-regulation is very important also. Be wise and think twice before you posting something online. A careless word can harm innocent people. Before complaining that there is no freedom of speech online, we have to be aware that words are from us. In my opinion, part of the reason that cause regulation happens in the Internet is because netizens themselves do not control themselves in using words online.
Martin, F 2012, ‘Vox populi, vox dei: ABC Online and the risks of dialogue interfaction’, in Histories of Public Services Broadcasters on the Web, editors N, Brugger and M, Burns, pp. 177 – 192, Peter Lang, New York, UOW Library
Rozario K, 2012, ‘Cyberbullying in Malaysia’, weblog post, Keithrozario.com: The Malaysian Tech Evangelist, 16 October, accessed 30 May 2013, http://www.keithrozario.com/2012/10/cyberbullying-in-malaysia.html