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People should be able to show graphic videos to the public. In the US, there has been an increased number of cases dealing with police officers killing innocent people who they think are endangering them. Cases like the Michael Brown case in 2014 and recently, the Walter Scott killing, which was caught on video, have become a widely searched topic. Both of these events have received lots of press coverage, and Americans have become desensitized to this type of violence. The videos show acts of murder against innocent people that cops have committed. Many people such as parents don’t condone these videos of death being put on the internet, but it lets the public know what events are going on. In a survey taken by PoliceOne asking about body cameras, it was reported that 86.4 percent of all cops who took the survey agreed that cameras reduce “false claims and litigation”. That is a staggering number of police officers who agree with the body camera idea. It will be able to stop more crimes than ever before and solve disputes f whether a cop was treating a person fairly or not. With the implication of these cameras through, certain police stations have decided to make the videos taken by the body cameras public. Even though the people’s identities are confidential in the videos, the confrontations are public to the world. Although this could be threatening to a person's privacy, none of their identities are revealed and their reputation can't be ruined because no one knows who they are. Without a non-censored media, people would not be able to post stuff they want, whether people agree with that or not.
Not all people agree with my ideas, though, about a censorship free internet. The Chinese government has taken serious precautions to limit the people’s technological freedom on the internet, programs such as the The Great Firewall. The firewall, which acts like the infamous Great Wall of China, is designed to, “ hold off intruders in the digital age” (Inquisitr). This device along with the Great Cannon was implemented to stop the Chinese people from freely accessing the internet. The Chinese government does not want the people to see articles or other posts about them. If the Chinese people see this, then it could be very bad news for the government's popularity in the country. Another example of this is the request from governments and other people on Facebook requesting for violent videos to be taken down. With the recent rise in public executions such as the ISIS beheadings being posted publicly on the internet, people have become appalled with the act of people publishing these videos on sites such as Facebook. The social media’s policies regarding violent videos allow for the community to rout out possible videos and posts that violate their policy. Users of Facebook, though, have found it to be ineffective where most videos that ride the line of their policies don’t become blocked (BBC). The people of Facebook who say that they are scouring their site for videos to take down, don’t seem to think that some violent videos fall under their radar. After all, it is a person’s right to share videos that, “ . . . describe, depict and comment on the world” (BBC). The fact of the matter is that people may not agree with Facebook’s stand on videos depicting violence, and that it is their job to find the videos that violate their policies, but Facebook has an ethical responsibility not to crush a person’s freedom of speech on the internet.
Not all videos are meant to see the online world. They are too gruesome and hard to watch. Even though people might feel uncomfortable with these videos, it is their choice to watch or not watch them. The hierarchy of countries including many governments have put many restraints on what is eligible to post and what is not. It is our job to stand up for the people who are getting rejected for their right to post whatever they want on the internet. Without a structure where you are able to post what you want and not have your work be destroyed, people wouldn’t trust the media.
Conclusion, updated, 28 May. 2015
The blogs that the freshman class did this year were all fantastic and brought up concerning issues in our digital lives. I have a lot of fun creating my own blog about what censorship has become today. I had the opportunity to do a ton of research and to become immersed in my topic. What I learned from the other bloggers is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and whether I agree with their opinion or not, they have the right to say what they want about their chosen topic. I also learned how to actually write in blog format. I have been an essay writer all my life and making a paper without any double spacing or indented paragraphs was a shock. I managed through it just fine though. My original argument on censorship on the internet was that we need to have a free internet where everyone's voice could be heard and no one could limit what was being said. I decided to take such a strong stand on this topic because I wanted to see what people would comment on a topic that was so out there. After reading the comments my opinion on my thesis did change. I agree that some speech can go too far and speech like that should be limited. people sent me some great links in their comments that helped me understand what message they were trying to get across me. I learned about the differences in free speech and speech that is not covered by the law, and cases where hate speech has affected other people. Overall I had a really great time writing this blog. I could not be more happy about how it turned out and I really just want to keep writing.