21 Mar '12, 1am

Racial and religious offence: Why censorship doesn’t cut it:

Edited version of a talk at the Association of Muslim Professionals’ Community In Review seminar 2012 on 10 March. The theme of the seminar was “To Post or Not To Post: Multiculturalism in the Social Media”. The internet has provided a public platform for the best of human characteristics to be displayed, but also for the worst. We don’t know whether the internet makes things worse by encouraging anti-social speech, or whether it just publicises what used to be said in private. What is clear is that, in the past, gatekeepers of the mainstream media – newspaper editors and broadcast news producers – acted as filters to make sure that any offensive speech from the ground could not reach the wider public. The internet bypasses these gatekeepers, which means that the journey from thought to private utterance to public statement is almost instant. No matter how hard we work at ...

Full article: http://journalism.sg/2012/03/11/racial-and-religious-offe...

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