Sep 19, 2018
There's been a lot of talk recently about free
speech—specifically, news stories about a somewhat infamous media
figure who was banned from several major social media sites. It got
me to thinking about the limits of free speech, which is all about
boundaries. In this episode I'll talk about why boundaries have a
lot to do with free speech, as well as how freedom of speech
operates in both physical and virtual space.
Biggest Takeaways From Episode #28:
- Although each of us is free to say or do whatever we want,
freedom to do what we want also comes with certain
consequences—positive, neutral, or negative.
- Boundaries create limits, but they also create space. The
amount of space a boundary creates has a lot to do with the limit
that is created. For example, if you put a fence around your
property, you’re creating a clear limit, but you’re also creating
more private space that can only be accessed by you.
- Free speech is determined by who controls the space where
speech occurs. Whoever owns or controls a space gets to decide what
the limits are. This is true whether it’s a physical space (such as
your house or a business’ office) or a virtual space (such as a
social media site, website, or blog).
- It’s not anyone's responsibility to provide a platform or
vehicle for another person to get information they want. For
example, if you're following someone on Twitter and they get banned
because of Twitter's boundaries, Twitter is not responsible for
providing you a platform to connect with the person they banned.
Today, just about anyone with a small amount of resources and money
can create their own virtual space, which makes giving and getting
information freely far more accessible than at any other time in
Highlights from Episode #28:
- We hear about the topic of today’s episode, as well as the
inspiration for it. [00:48]
- Vicki reads the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution for
listeners who may need a refresher. She then digs into the topic of
- Boundaries not only create limits; they also create space.
Vicki explores this concept, then links it to the concept of free
- Vicki gives examples of what it means for people who own a
particular physical or virtual space to make decisions about who
and how others are permitted to express themselves in those spaces.
- We learn how the concepts Vicki has been exploring relate to
virtual space. [16:51]
- Vicki points out that just about anyone with some resources can
create their own virtual space to say whatever they want to say.
- There are some environments that are truly oppressive in terms
of what they allow people to say or express, and when you encounter
one of those, it's probably best to find another community or
environment that allow you greater freedom of expression.
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