Tag Archives: free speech

The Dark Knight of “Feminism”

August 5, 2013

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Oh no, not another blog about anti-woman Twitter trolling? Well, no, not really – at least not intentionally. The recent debate about anti-woman threats and trolling on Twitter has brought to light another, different, argument about the very nature of feminism and women’s rights. I have historically counted myself a feminist – my gran always […]

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Speaking out, standing ground and shouting back is the only option: ceding territory to the trolls is a mistake

August 4, 2013

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Much has been written in the last number of weeks on twitter trolls, threats against women and the need to “take back Twitterville” as a community. Some of the commentary has been excellent in its balanced and rational approach – such as Marta Cooper’s piece in The Telegraph and Padraig Reidy’s commentary. Much of the […]

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When silliness takes on a more sinister tone

August 1, 2013

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Today’s Journal.ie reports that DUP councillor Bert Johnston wants an all-Ireland ban on the sale of silly string. That alone might be cause for some eye-rolling on what some (many?) might regard as an inappropriate use of political time and resources. The story becomes less silly by far when you realise that this appears to […]

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In Twitterville everyone can hear you scream

October 10, 2011

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I’ll admit it up front… I love Twitter, passionately, enthusiastically and at times, somewhat obsessively. I love the immediacy of it and see it as a great way of sharing views with people both well and lesser known to me in the “real world”, for breaking news and tracking interesting blogs. I see it as […]

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Sometimes keeping schtum – the real meaning of free speech?

February 5, 2010

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This week, in response to the UK’s proposed equality bill, the Pope decided to row in and express what was, perhaps unsurprisingly, a conservative opinion. I am, and have always been, liberal in my political leaning (albeit, I would argue, without the bleeding heart!). I believe in a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage and […]

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