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MMC6612, Fall 2010

The freedom of speech

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I picked two popular blog post from the “Top Blogs – Politics” to discuss my comment about the CoC and the autonomy plus the 3v concepts.

1) How Much Private Property is the Government Stealing in Your State?

by Bob Ewing

He was trying to revealing the unfairness of the “civil forfeiture”, which mentioned in the article, “your property is guilty until you prove it innocent”. He then used a video clip to give blog readers a better understanding of this debate, he also picked up some statistics to exacerbate the image of the civil forfeiture. In the last, he called on every reader by the words of “Will you work with IJ to help end civil forfeiture?” Moreover, he asked reader to share the report and the video, even to email him if someone wrote something up. It’s an example shows that how the bloggers want to “control the behavior of those who visit the blog” (J.W. Maynor, p.458), though not as the CoC, in an axioms way. The article itself does not appear particular “modular” of the CoC rules, but it did make me consider of the “value” mater in this article. The author mentioned several convincing, persuasive examples to elaborate his standpoint of opposing the civil forfeiture. However, he did provide a report link to the reader but, were those examples authentic? I agree with Maynor that under the blogosphere, “the contestatory nature of the communities has the potential to self-correct through collection interaction”. The discourses os open to be examined by every one of us.

2) Greg Gutfeld: I’m raising money to build a Muslim gay bar next to the Ground Zero mosque

When issue comes to homosexual and religious, it’s political. From this article, if we took a closer look to the comment, and will find out those comments are posted at an intensive time area. The earliest post appeared at Aug.9, and the latest was Aug.12, in the beginning, people just posted reply one after another literally in a minute, and I believe it just fit to the 3Vs “velocity”. In my opinion, I consider it more like an obsession. It reminds me of the media diary I made a week ago, I just couldn’t help to check up emails several times a day, even when I was not expecting any important mail. It’s an obsession of the demand of timely respond, and I don’t quite agree with Maynor at this point. He said that “face-to-face discussion or public forums too will be face with a dictatorship of speed as information comes at participants from all angle with increasing velocity”, but I believe the specialty of the internet is “instant” itself. The way that internet acts is to provide us a speedy way to respond our opinions in the public forum, and the blog itself does recorded, checking up several responds simultaneously is possible and easy. Comparing to face-to-face discussion, it require a outstanding memory to memorize every of the reply.

P.S The reason why I choose these two blog posts, though they are posted  a month ago, they are one of  their blogs’ top ranked posts. Besides,  they are interesting topics, too.


Written by fanninchen

September 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think the “velocity” Maynor referred to was not just how fast you receive the messages from participants in a face-to-face discussion but also the amount of time you can have to react to their talk. In this regard the Internet allows a much longer reaction time because you no more have to respond instantly. And I could resonate to what you said about “When issue comes to homosexual and religious, it’s political.” I agree that in reality these aspects are often entwined, but it could only get worse when they get involved in each other.

    Shine Lyui

    September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  2. I thought it was interesting that you compared the velocity of the responses to the post to your constant checking of email because of your (and, I think, society’s) need for an instant response. I think Maynor may have not only been talking about the speed at which information comes to individuals in a face-to-face conversation, but the quality of the response and the amount of time allotted to formulate that response. A face-to-face discussion or forum doesn’t allow you a great deal of time to make all of your points accurately. Like Shine said above, though the Internet is “instant,” it allows you to think about your response, allowing it to be a deliberate, well-formulated reply.


    September 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

  3. […] by sadiecone10 in Uncategorized 9:41 am […]

  4. I think the “velocity” really depends on the blog’s content. If you talk about an issue that a lot of people concerned in the blog, comments would come up immediately. But if you blog something that people are not that interested in while you need others’ opinions eagerly, probably face-to-face discussion is a better and quicker one. Like Maynor argued “it is hard to see that information gained online comes at participants faster that it would if they were in face-to-face debates or participating in public forums.”


    September 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm

  5. While I don’t agree with the opinions stated, I really like the posts you picked. The first is an example of the kind of democratic discourse that I think Maynor was rather skeptical to actually see on a blog. Good job!


    October 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm

  6. Aha, you made a very good observation about the “velocity” of the comments on the Muslim gay bar post. But it seems that on the other post, you were more focused on the post itself than on the comments.

    You were supposed to “discuss your conclusions about the comments in the context of either Cammaerts or Maynor.”

    Mindy McAdams

    October 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

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