Sorry for the lack of updates, but the WP importer won’t let me import anything, which brings me to this: If you enjoy my blog, there are lots of new posts over at my main URL: www.goldilocksnotebook.blogspot.com 🙂 New content includes an update on my life/job situation, reviews, quotes, and a House of Cards blog post.
Disclaimer: Views are my own, this particular article is an expression of thought and not a reflection of my own life or circumstances. Any links made to my own life by others are purely speculative. All rights reserved.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ― George Orwell
You would like to think you believe in freedom of speech. Do you, though? When it comes down to lessons in expression of thought and freedom to speak out, would you be willing to silence others?
You can’t be afraid of thought or ideologies that are oppositional to your own. Discrimination, sexism and racism are all limitations of free speech and rightly so. You can hold whatever opinion you like in your own domain, but you cannot take those views from the private sphere and into the public sphere. You might not like someone’s race, religion or belief, but then again I don’t like your eyebrows and I won’t throw that into a public forum for careless scrutiny. So, do you believe in freedom of speech? If someone offends you, your family or your friends, do you really want to take it on the chin when you’re bombarded with things you don’t want to hear? Everything within reason, and everything within logic. You also need to consider what it is you disagree with before you speak, is it the person themselves, or the way they conduct their business. Continue reading →
We all have our motivators. We all remember the people who made us into who we are, who taught us how to work. For me, my motivation and inspiration goes back a few years. Seven years to be exact, to the day I started my A Levels. Some people come across their favourite teachers in school, or later on in university. I found mine somewhere in the middle.
Terry was my A Level Media Studies lecturer for two years, and also my English lecturer during the second year. He had an unrivaled ability to make you respect, fear and love him all at once. He was inspirational because he wasn’t aware of it. He wasn’t pompous or over invested in his own skills. He was honest, respectful and possessed that dry humour that couldn’t be found in any other classroom. Hands up if you remember the M&S advert with “not just ripe, juicy plums, M&S juicy plums”. No one ever wanted to disappoint him. He brought greatness out of us.
Disclaimer: All views are my own and names/details are withheld for protection. Any links to my own life made by others are purely speculative. Write things people agree with, is this what we should be doing? Writers have always wanted to write what they thought as truth, provoking reaction and debate among their audience. They also write what they know, sometimes in good jest and sometimes not. When it comes to bloggers, they can write about their own lives, their opinions, and even their dinner although I have never seen the temptation to do so as I live a life dominated by cheese sandwiches. It is a blog, not a newspaper so it must be understood that we have different rules.
We adapt to our medium, and we write what we think is best for it. The best way to be noticed, is to write something people may not agree with. But what happens when you have to take back what you said? The integrity of the written word becomes compromised. You can’t retract something if it wasn’t false information, so why should you do it because someone took it too far? If we write something then have to remove it, we also risk looking like a coward. Dang nabbit.
Most writers, reporters and journalists must adhere to a strict code of conduct, and there are lines that cannot be crossed for very obvious reasons. It includes such delightful consequences such as legal action and unemployment if we discuss too much. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford the legal fees as I’m not a natural blonde and I really need my roots done. Continue reading →