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Free Speech Week 2013: Words are used to create and express opinions

October 22, 2013

Free Speech Week is here! In 2013 Free Speech week officially runs from October 21 to October 27. Last year I did a series of posts celebrating free speech, which I happen to feel is one of the most powerful liberties an individual can utilize. A summary of my Free Speech Week 2012 posts can be found here. This year I hope to have a similar series of posts. Today’s post will look at the second place winner of the NAB Eduction Foundation PSA contest. Here is the video in question:

This commercial spot explains why freedom of speech is so important. Censoring speech is a way to censor opinions, ideas, and perceptions. It doesn’t matter if the censorship is done via legislation or through political correctness. Both mechanisms of censorship try to prohibit unwanted thoughts. These ‘unwanted thoughts’ are often what causes true change in society. Great leaders of the past that created true cultural change usually learned how to use speech in ways that would openly oppose the current status quo censorship efforts.

Can you imagine the civil rights movement in America being as successful without great leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. utilizing his free speech rights? Many of his speeches went against political correctness of the day. Often I hear people say political correctness is necessary for a peaceful society. These same people fail to realize that peaceful and polite do not mean the same thing as freedom. Dr King’s words were so powerful they allowed people of all races to realize the political correctness of the day was simply wrong. On the legislative side there were many states that had laws restricted speeches from black Americans such as Dr King. The civil rights movement is a perfect example of overcoming both legislative and political correctness related free speech censorship.

Luckily the modern world has vast amounts of communication mediums available for people to use their free speech rights. No matter what steps politicians or political correctness advocates take, it is much harder today to actually stifle free speech. That is a good thing! Free speech is necessary for societies to advance their ideas and perceptions of the world. Without free speech a country will stagnate both culturally and economically; and that is an outcome nobody wants.

PS. I can’t kick off Free Speech Week without posting this great song from Remy (I got to meet him this summer, great guy!):

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