Freedom of speech is precious to us all whatever your age, says ARCH HADES

AGAINST a backdrop of toppling statues, online shaming and social media-provoked sackings, 150 or so prominent writers and academics this week felt the need to write an open letter to Harper's Magazine defending the right to free speech and condemning a growing "intolerance of opposing views". J K Rowling, whose comments on transgender rights have seen her shunned by many fans of her Harry Potter books, was among them.

I thoroughly enjoyed the letter but, listening to a followup radio interview with one, I was surprised they floated an idea that there is perhaps a generational difference in attitude towards freedom of speech. As a millennial in my 20s, I fully support and will always defend the universal right to freedom of expression. I would add that, though online shaming is a modern phenomenon, millennials did not invent so-called "cancel culture" - the boycotting of someone (usually a celebrity) for...
source: Express

2020-07-11 12:29
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