As many of us know, Twitter is one of the many social media sites that pride itself on the immediate connection to people and news around the world. On this episode of On the Media, the question of whether it is appropriate to tweet graphic videos (such as the one out of Syria) is raised. Although these videos are so graphic that it cannot be shown on air, I feel that people should still be allowed to view the horror of war that is going on in our world. People should not be forced to remain ignorant on the ‘abomination’ that is happening to citizens. Although such images are graphic, they’re also reality and many people are forced to live in it every day. A better way of having others possibly view the explicit images is by following the example of Andy and making it aware that some pictures shown on the timeline will be graphic.
Another topic presented on this week’s episode pertained to whether profanity was protected speech. I was surprised to find that you can legally say “F you” to a cop and there really is nothing he/she can do about it. I always thought that profanity was regulated in a public forum.
I was also surprised to find that the violent video games William Fourkiller wants to put 1% tax on can essentially be played non-violently—virtual pacifism. Who knew that you did not have to kill someone to win a game that focuses primarily on killing the opponent? Apparently Brock Soicher, a 16-year old virtual pacifist new all about it because instead of killing people he blinds them and still is able to win the game! I do not believe that everyone who plays these video games are out to kill people in real life, instead I think it’s a activity others engage in leisurely and it therefore becomes unnecessary to place tax on it.