By Erik Ringmar
There has been by no means this sort of factor as actual freedom of speech. some time past, that allows you to communicate freely you needed to have entry to a printing press, a newspaper, a radio or a television station. And far and wide you needed to get previous the editors. in basic terms contributors of the elite ever did – the articulate and well-behaved 'representatives' of normal humans. yet these traditional humans hardly ever, if ever, had an opportunity to talk publicly and freely. Until now. The age of running a blog has started. the web revolution has given us all an opportunity to be irreverent, blasphemous and ungrammatical in public. we will be able to demonstrate secrets and techniques, blow whistles, spill beans or simply make stuff up. The previous elites don't love it. in reality, they truly, rather hate it. Blogs are mostly close down, and bloggers are silenced, reprimanded and fired from their jobs. abruptly glossy liberal society unearths a repressive face that few folks knew existed. should still we behave ourselves? should still we fall silent? totally no longer! Let's name them on their hypocrisy. Let's call for that smooth liberal society lives via the rules it claims to include. Bloggers of the realm, unite! you don't have anything to lose yet your gags.
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A Blogger's Manifesto: Free Speech and Censorship in the Age of the Internet by Erik Ringmar