Totally disagree and I hope you won’t mind my disagreeing 🙂 Blogging and indulging in a free discussion is not for everyone. Some don’t have thick enough skin to look beyond the nastiness of some of those “mere” words.
Recently a blogger left a comment on my post A grumpy guide to blogging etiquette regarding my statement that if someone leaves a comment on your post that disturbs you, you should go right ahead and delete it. This blogger said that deleting comments that went against your point of view was censorship. That’s not the first time I’ve come across the freedom of speech idea being applied to blog commenting, so I thought it would be worth exploring.
The Google Dictionary definition of censorship is “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” Wikipedia identifies several potential rationales for censorship: moral, military, political, religious, and and corporate.
Civil liberties groups tend to be strong defenders of free speech, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) writes that:
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