I believe the land of internet discourse is beset by a mob mentality. Anyone who is seen to offend is often subject to a witch-hunt. Discourse is dead, and we killed it.
With the rise of extremism on both sides, campuses are presented with a unique challenge: How free should freedom of speech be?
Will McMahon explains how the more that Gen Y talks, the more they actually say nothing.
With another counter rally planned against them, Travis Blake looks at Reclaim Australia’s often ironic and hypocritical appeal.
After a spate of artists being denied entry to Australia, Troy Maguire speaks to contentious “rap” duo Julien Blanc and Daryush Valizadeh.
With all the hysteria engulfing Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi and her “pornographic” paddle boat, Jacob Lynagh’s “got a feeling in his waters” there may be some double standards at play.
Looking at the Scott McIntyre firing, #Bali9 executions, Charlie Hebdo and PEN, and the Greens, the concept of “freedom” in its many forms stands out as the issue of the week in Michael Burrill’s #CurrentAffairsWrap.
Musing on the idea of free speech, Ash Imani finds the natural equilibrium of public expression bloody hard…but worth it.
Michael Burrill isn’t so sure that he wants to be Charlie, especially if their idea of “satire” perpetuates a poisonous climate that leads to marginalisation.
Backlash still continues over GTA 5 being pulled from shelves due to its content. Ash Imani muses on freedom of expression, freedom of speech and our ever-shifting moral landscape.
Using his right to freedom of expression, Gary Condereses questions attacks on Attorney General George Brandis’ recent comments on bigotry.