In my New Media class last semester we had a discussion about the message boards that have become a part of every news website, giving readers the ability to comment on stories in any way that they see fit. Someone in the class wondered aloud about the amount of “stupid people” leaving comments – another classmate responded by saying that the people have always been there, but now that they have the ability to make their voices heard, there seems to be even more of them than before.
The ability to leave an obscene comment on message board doesn’t refer to blogging exactly, but I think that it demonstrates how the internet has created endless outlets that allow people to make their voices heard. Do I think that people should be allowed to write whatever they’d like on a blog or message board? Of course. Can it cause controversy or become annoying? Yes.
Blogging does grant a right to speech that I don’t think should be denied. Yet, there are times when I think the freedom to blog or create a personal website should be limited. This article from Reuters touches on instances of cyber bullying that have lead to deaths – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6275UG20100309. This might be an extreme example of the results of blogging and internet freedom, but I think that it demonstrates that some limitations are necessary.