Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Edges of Hate Speech

 A thoughtful article by Joshua Drummond in Public Address. Joshua also has
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The enomics of shit speech  by Joshua Drummond


It’s time we fixed the New Zealand news media’s problem with shit speech.
First, let’s put together a working definition. Shit speech is the stuff that might not necessarily be described as hate speech, but it occupies much of the same spectrum. It’s speech that presses the buttons of prejudice, bigotry and outrage, but isn’t necessarily hateful per se; that isn’t (always) lies, but is most often inaccurate, skewed, or otherwise misleading. It’s the floating turd in gutter journalism.

To paraphrase the Broadcasting Standards Authority decision on Heather du Plessis-Allan’s foul commentary about Pasifika nations, it’s speech that is “inflammatory ...and [has] the potential to cause widespread harm.” It’s the foundation the Pyramid of Hate is built on.  READ ON ...

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