First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  Next  Last
Post Reply Oh Boy: 40% of Millennials Would Censor 'Offensive Speech'
1606 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
M / Earth
Offline
Posted 12/19/15 , edited 12/19/15
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/11/20/40-of-millennials-ok-with-limiting-speech-offensive-to-minorities/


American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe.

U.S. Millennials More Likely to Support Censoring Offensive Statements About MinoritiesWe asked whether people believe that citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things. Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK.

Even though a larger share of Millennials favor allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.

Compared with people we surveyed in dozens of nations, Americans as a whole are less likely to favor the government being able to prevent speech of any kind. The debate over what kind of speech should be tolerated in public has become a major story around the globe in recent weeks – from racial issues on many U.S. college campuses to questions about speech laws in Europe in the wake of concerns about refugees from the Middle East and the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Overall, our global survey found that a majority of Americans say that people should be able to say offensive things about minority groups publicly. Two-thirds of Americans say this, compared with a median of 35% among the 38 nations we polled.

In the U.S., our findings also show a racial divide on this question, with non-whites more likely (38%) to support government prevention of such speech than non-Hispanic whites (23%).

Nearly twice as many Democrats say the government should be able to stop speech against minorities (35%) compared with Republicans (18%). Independents, as is often the case, find themselves in the middle. One-third of all women say the government should be able to curtail speech that is offensive to minorities vs. 23% of men who say the same.

Furthermore, Americans who have a high school degree or less are more likely than those with at least a college degree to say that speech offensive to minority groups should be able to be restricted (a 9-percentage-point difference).

Europe More Supportive Than U.S. of Censoring Statements Offensive to MinoritiesIn Europe, where long-simmering racial tensions are of a different nature, compounded by the recent flow of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East, people are more willing than Americans to accept government controls on speech against minorities. A median of 49% across the six EU nations surveyed say this compared with 28% of Americans.

Among Europeans, there is a wide range of opinion on whether the government can prevent statements that are offensive to minorities. Seven-in-ten Germans say this should be the case (where there are clear laws against hate speech), as do 62% of Italians and half of Poles. The French are divided, with 48% saying that the government should have the ability to prevent speech that is offensive to minority groups, while 51% say people should be able to say these things publicly. In contrast, the balance of opinion in the UK and Spain is to allow people to say statements that might offend minorities.

In contrast with American Millennials, those ages 18 to 34 in Germany and Spain are more likely to say people should be able to say things offensive to minorities compared with those ages 35 and older. On the other hand, in the UK, the younger generation follows the lead of American Millennials by being less open to this form of freedom of speech and more willing to allow government restrictions. There are no significant age differences in France, Italy and Poland on this question.



Freedom of speech? No thanks. The authoritarianism cancer of the Left rears its ugly head.
Werina 
205499 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
LOSERVILLE
Offline
Posted 12/19/15
lol wat
2988 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / F / Fort Worth, Texas
Offline
Posted 12/19/15 , edited 12/19/15
Whelp, that's what America gets for letting women into government.
3349 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
16 / M / Ente Isla
Offline
Posted 12/19/15 , edited 12/20/15
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
----Evelyn Beatrice Hall

It's frightening to see so many people desiring a ban on offensive speech.
5019 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
26 / M
Offline
Posted 12/19/15
I've offended someone by saying "Merry Christmas" just because they didn't celebrate it and said it was "not politically correct" Fuck that.

36990 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
31 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
Offline
Posted 12/19/15
I wonder if generation x would be cool with adopting me.
22653 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M / USA
Offline
Posted 12/19/15 , edited 12/19/15
Wear oven mitts with your kids and this is where it leads.



A bunch of brats who desire comfort over education and freedom.
27451 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
28 / M / USA! USA! USA!
Offline
Posted 12/19/15
Literally Fahrenheit 451.
3249 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
18 / F / Everywhere
Offline
Posted 12/19/15 , edited 12/19/15
But if everything is censored, how are we supposed to distinguish the trolls from the normal people?
22653 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M / USA
Offline
Posted 12/19/15

GrandmasterCoolio wrote:

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
----Evelyn Beatrice Hall

It's frightening to see so many people desiring a ban on offensive speech.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHI2PYzY27I

A good listen.

15947 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
20 / Cold and High
Offline
Posted 12/19/15

FruitPunchSamurai987 wrote:

But if everything is censored, how are we supposed to distinguish the trolls from the normal people?
you can't 4life

10263 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 12/19/15 , edited 12/19/15
The good news is that this generation only makes up a portion of the population. It will be difficult for them to have too much influence on the government. Also, they'll be raising a new generation, who gets to suffer for their actions, and will likely choose to do things a bit differently (if not necessarily better).

Not picking on this generation, either. This is how things work. For example, this generation is so against offensive speech because previous generations went too far with racism, etc. We learn from our parents, but that sometimes means we learn what not to do... unfortunately, it gets taken to the opposite extreme, many times.

And, they didn't raise themselves.

Like I said, not picking on this particular generation, because every generation has "issues." People talk about how amazing the WWII/Great Depression generation was. However, even they (and many of their children) had their own issues. Many were workaholics. Many were frugal to the point of being inefficient and/or downright hoarding useless things (the worst I have heard of, so far, is the packaging for lightbulbs, kept neatly in boxes for over 20 years).

I know a 90 ish year old woman with millions of dollars, who can never spend everything she owns. He children are all equally or more wealthy than she is, so she does not have a need to pass down her wealth. She repairs the holes in her socks, rather than buying new socks. (My mother cleans for her.) Now... that being said, she's one of the best and kindest people I've ever met, and how she chooses to live her life is her choice.

Extremity in behavior is an adaptation to other extreme behaviors and/or extreme situations/environment. Unfortunately, extremity begets extremity, and extremity is usually not good.

And, of course, there are always reasonable people in every generation...

I guess what I'm saying is that every generation bitches about the newest generation. This has been going on for thousands of years. (There are actually ancient texts that illustrate my point, but I CBA to look them up for you guys.) This isn't new, and the world isn't about to fall apart because us old folks can't wrap our minds around the thought process of the new generation.
mrya21 
4383 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Ohio
Offline
Posted 12/19/15
Every generation screws something, or multiple somethings, up. Millennials are in their coming of age and are now getting to hone in on exactly what they want to screw up. It's a fun tradition that's been passed down for generations.
3349 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
16 / M / Ente Isla
Offline
Posted 12/19/15

PrinceJudar wrote:

A good listen.



I have to disagree with him about censorship being necessary to some degree. We live in the Information Age -- a time where the world's largest database (the internet) is at the tip of our fingers. It's accessible from our phones, our laptops, our desktops, our tablets, our portable gaming consoles, and even pairs of glasses. At any time in the day we can look up information regarding a certain subject or access the news. All that's required is an internet connection.

While some would argue that this has only increased the chance of misinformation spreading and that the internet is a cesspool of lies, I would firmly disagree. There are most definitely sites and people on the internet who spread falsehood and misinformation. However, there are also numerous reliable sources that many recognize as common household names. And these reliable sources can provide us with information that the mainstream media might not report on or that politicians may not want us to see. They ensure that we get a steady flow of accurate data to decide our thoughts on the issue and to keep informed with what's going on with the world. With this information, we're able to see through lies and share our findings with others over the internet and in person.

Misinformation, I'd argue, is far more easily combated now then it ever was before. The truth can be found out in a simple search or a single click. No one has to search vigorously in order to discover that someone's spewing out bullshit. For example, let's take Donald Trump. A while ago he posted made-up statistics that were originally shared by a neo-Nazi. After doing so, the origin of the statistics and their falsehood was quickly discovered and revealed to the American public. If the internet had never been invented and Trump had come out with those statistics, I guarantee you that he'd have fooled a greater number of people. But because we have this tool at our disposal, misinformation and propaganda such as what he posted are quickly revealed for what they are.

Honestly, I'm just not at all comfortable with the idea of a filter being placed over my mouth. I don't think it's unreasonable to feel that way either. While I'm strongly against hate speech and the sort, I don't think it's something that government should ban. Those are just my thoughts on the matter though.
6947 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
29 / M
Offline
Posted 12/19/15
My boomstick got something to say about this
First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.