By Erik Ringmar
There has been by no means the sort of factor as precise freedom of speech. long ago, so that it will converse freely you needed to have entry to a printing press, a newspaper, a radio or a television station. And in every single place you needed to get previous the editors. in basic terms individuals of the elite ever did – the articulate and well-behaved 'representatives' of normal humans. yet these usual humans hardly ever, if ever, had an opportunity to talk publicly and freely. Until now. The age of running a blog has all started. the web revolution has given us all an opportunity to be irreverent, blasphemous and ungrammatical in public. we will be able to exhibit secrets and techniques, blow whistles, spill beans or simply make stuff up. The previous elites do not like it. actually, they truly, fairly hate it. Blogs are regularly close down, and bloggers are silenced, reprimanded and fired from their jobs. all at once sleek liberal society unearths a repressive face that few people knew existed. should still we behave ourselves? should still we fall silent? totally now not! Let's name them on their hypocrisy. Let's call for that smooth liberal society lives through the rules it claims to include. Bloggers of the realm, unite! you don't have anything to lose yet your gags.
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I held my office hours in Starbuck’s and stole into my office very early in the morning to pick up mail. I didn’t sleep enough, and I probably drank too much. The situation was untenable of course. As a tenured member of the permanent faculty, it was next to impossible to get rid of me, but they had endless means of making my life unbearable. In the summer of 2006, I was fired from the LSE Summer School after working for them for some eight years. The Summer School had always provided a much-needed extra pay cheque, and the courses had been fun to teach.
You accuse the School of systematic discrimination against nonBritish staff which I reject, and you say teaching is ignored in promotion decisions, which I know to be untrue. Your further messages to your colleagues and to me are disingenuous. The issue here is not a policy on blogging, it is whether a colleague can publicly abuse his employer and his colleagues without consequences. I further understand that you repeated these slurs to parents and prospective students, which is further cause for complaint.
My Open Day speech Are you allowed to say such things about the place where you work? And are you allowed to say them in public? I clearly thought so at the time, and I still do. After all, what else could freedom of speech possibly mean? Obviously public criticism is not encouraged in most ordinary workplaces, but universities are different. No university, surely, could be critical of critical thought? Certainly not the LSE? Innocently, I put a link to my blog in the signature of all my emails.
A Blogger's Manifesto: Free Speech and Censorship in the Age of the Internet by Erik Ringmar