week 6 discussion

During reading week, our group assigned each person some tasks to do. Yuxin and I had a meeting and we tried to understand what encompasses offensive language. We have come to the conclusion that it is very easy to confuse offensive language with opposing opinions.

We have also addressed the difference between ‘hate speech’ that incites violence and an actual call to action. It can be argued that the speaker can only be held accountable if their speech is a call to action. Whereas, situations that involve hateful speech don’t go far enough to move people to act, arguably. To be more specific, the speaker cannot be held accountable.

Furthermore, is the fact that the language is offensive enough for it to be policed? This is a very important question that our group will try to discern.

Ishani and I will try to support arguments in favor of free speech, and Yuxin and Maha will argue in favor of Political Correctness.

4 thoughts on “week 6 discussion

  1. Interesting approach to divide your group into two fractions and make each argue for the opposite view, it seems like the right way to address this type of issues.

  2. Hi guys,

    Your topic seems really interesting. I was wondering if you’ve considered exploring what role social media plays in the topic- not just of individuals posting but of companies curating. For example, you could think about Facebook’s controversial relative inaction regarding hate speech in Myanmar towards Muslims (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/15/facebook-myanmar-rohingya-hate-speech-investigation). Additionally, the show Patriot Act by Hasan Minhaj has a great episode on Content Moderation and Free Speech I’d highly recommend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CQ5-NMzG8s.



    • Hi Caroline!

      Thank you so much for you comment.Yes, we have discussed the role of social media when it comes to policing language and censorship. Also, I will take a look at the show! Thanks for the recommendation.

      Good luck on your presentation !

      Best, Leeyan.

    • Thank you, Caroline! The examples you provide seem quite interesting. Also, they are helpful for us to give some real-world issues on top of the conceptual debate.

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