Thursday, 2 July 2015

Self Censorship

There was a post I was considering making today. A post that would have struck some as being a bit controversial, or put me in a really bad light. The fact of the matter is that I, like everyone, has a controversial opinion. Something I feel strongly about but would not really want to share with the public at large.
Truly the most unpopular opinion in the world
Then I thought to myself "Maybe I shouldn't make that post." I have a small readership as it is. I don't want to piss some of them off and drive them away. Though that's quite sad in itself. I much prefer the idea of everyone being comfortable speaking their mind no matter their opinion. There are people who do that anyway and don't care what people think of them. But I, unfortunately, am not one of them. Which is a real shame because one of my life goals is to become someone who refuses to apologise after accidentally offending someone and starting an internet war. Whenever someone cows down to pressure and apologises for something innocuous there are people who attack them for doing so. I want to test how many people would actually stick by someone refusing to apologise. I have strange goals.

That said, I will say this; offense can only ever be taken, and never given. Even if someone says something horribly offensive it's entirely up to you how you respond. I have been subject to a number of personal tragedies I can't talk about, but I love jokes about those matters. Then there are people who have been in similar situations who can't take them at all. Then there are things I don't handle very well at all.

As per usual Zach Weinersmith puts it better than I ever could. 

4 comments:

  1. Dude, just post it. People leaving you over an opinion generally aren't worth keeping in your readerbase anyway.
    Also, when people say "I'm offended", I go, so fucking what? It doesn't kill you or anything. Get over it.

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  2. You never can tell what will offend some people, but I do try to be careful.

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  3. If you have something to say, say it, it's your blog and you should be able to say what you want, you may offend some people, but I doubt you will offend everyone, if a person is offended then so be it they can say what they think and then once it is all said we should say that is ok we don't all have to agree and move on

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  4. I doubt any of us would leave after being with you for so long! Don't worry!

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