What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.
Hansell B. Duckett
Some interesting arguments on an issue many people would say they “mostly” agree upon.
As written elsewhere, I strongly believe in freedom of speech — although I sure have my … spots where I’d say “enough is enough”. But yup, a great discussion. I think that they could have this discussion in this civilized manner also serves as a good argument for free speech. And yup, one the one hand Academia is pretty exclusive. But not sure how much online media has changed this. And I couldn’t help but stare increduously at the screen when someone praised Europe for laws preventing politicians from smear campaigns, so they could pursue a political career without fear. Another participant called it out as “Europe worship” — yup, sounds about right. Because as a European … really? Perhaps the Bild-Zeitung (I don’t link to it) should bring out an English edition and disspell that myth. Or better not, it’s bad enough. If you want to know how bad the German press can be (and the Bild is, in my opinion), have a look at BILDblog.de (that’s not the Bild, but a watchblog that has a look at the Bild-Zeitung and other German news media).
BTW, the mentioned article by Ryan Holiday about “Outrage Porn” is also well worth the read. I am critical of Academia, but I see some signs of “outrage pornography” in some … let’s say what appears to me as pissed off bloggers, who criticize Academia in a state of perpetual outrage. It’s a nice reminder to (try to) remain constructive.
I haven’t read “Kindly Inquisitors” yet, but it’s on my list.