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    Freedom of Speech 101

    By Icebeast | May 26, 2011

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    Hello Blog Reader,

    Today, I shall resurrect the 101 classes to teach everyone about Freedom of Speech.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone gets banned or kicked from a forum, chat room or game, or gets fired from their job, for saying something dumb.  They, or their defenders, inevitably come back with, “I have the right to say whatever I want”.  They believe, erroneously, that they can say whatever they want without consequence.

    I should make it clear, before continuing this rant, that I am in no way a legal expert or constitutional expert.  However, I do know the first amendment, which gives us freedom of speech.  The amendment starts, “Congress shall make no law”.  You see it, it’s right there.  Right there in the first word.  Congress.  The first amendment states that the government should not abridge our speech.  It does not state, that private entities can not abridge our speech.  A forum, chat room, or game, are all owned by private institutions.  They have the right, via ownership, to control what is and isn’t said on their property.  This is why they can ban you for using a racial slur and your foolish defense about first amendment rights is completely BS.

    The same holds true for TV, Radio and News outlets.  If you state or publish something that these corporations disagree with on their property (possibly because you’re an employee), they have the right to dismiss you.  Its not that they are abridging your first amendment rights, because they are not Congress.  So next time you say something dumb on the Internet, don’t cry about Freedom of Speech when you get banned, because you’re just talking out of your arse.

    PS: It is ironic that I make this rant on the Internet.

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