He said/She said: Is it okay to voice your opinion on social media?

HE: Free speech on the internet? That’s what we’re doing this time? So be it. I personally think that you have the right to say whatever you want to say on the web. No matter how ignorant, bigoted, or hateful it is, people have the right to express it (the entirety of Yahoo Answers for example). An all too common thing these days are people editing themselves because someone says: ‘I take offence to that’. This is effectively the same thing as someone saying: ‘Hi I think my sensibilities outweigh your freedom of speech. Please bend your thoughts and words to what I think is acceptable’. What irritates me is not only that people think this way, but that other people comply.

SHE: I can see where you’re coming from when it comes to the fact that everyone has a right to voice their opinions on certain things, but if you can voice yours, then I can certainly voice mine. When it comes to politics and it being a controversial thing when brought up, why post/say it when you know it’ll just stir the pot? Personally, it just looks like you WANT that kind of attention. There’s a difference between voicing your opinion on social media and just flat out having no boundaries when voicing it. Not everyone is going to agree with your “ignorant, bigoted, or hateful” opinion. When you can learn to accept the fact that there’s always going to be someone that doesn’t agree with you is when it’ll be easier to accept other opinions. There are limits to what you should and shouldn’t post on social media, and it’s called common sense.

HE: I never said that people had to agree, let’s get that straight right now.  All I said was that you had the right to say whatever you wanted. If you go to exercise that right be sure you can defend yourself. Just as much as I have a right to voice my opinions, you have the right to challenge them. This goes both ways. As for WANTING to stir the pot, it is sometimes necessary. ‘Stirring the pot’ can open up an interesting and thought-provoking dialogue.

SHE: Saying that it irritates you when people get offended by something you might say is literally their right just as it is for your right to say something offensive but it still being your opinion. I get that everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether it be offensive or not, but there is a fine line when voicing it. In order to post/say your opinion, you also have to have common sense. Why post something when you know it will be offensive?

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