Every so often I get on the subject of free speech. Second Life™ is said to be inhabited by more Liberals and Progressives than Conservatives and Traditionalists. But, no one knows, at least I have yet to see an objective study or assessment. I can see that we have more demonstrations of liberalism in SL. But, Conservatives have historically been the silent majority. Thus, the problem figuring out the actual demographics.
Second Life is not a free speech area. It is a private area owned by Linden Lab(R). Speech is governed by the ToS. We are free to say whatever within those limits. It is up to the Lindens to decide what speech exceeds those limits. Their decision is final, there is no appeal.
In RL free speech is suffering from fake news that is confusing some people and adding extraneous information some mistake for facts. Part of which is that awful thing ‘Hate Speech’, which is an interesting spin on “Hate” and the prime tool for anti-speech proponents.
I think the recent Berkley riot and threat of riot are examples of people not understanding the US Constitution and the principle of Free Speech nor its importance nor how to protect it nor why.
Now we have new technology coming into the mix that will leave us wondering about audio recordings. Just has Photoshop has had us questioning photos since Life Magazine’s 1963 Oswald with Rifle image. (Reference) Now Adobe is coming out with VoCo, a voice/audio editing software. It is to voice recording as Photoshop is to images.
If you need to add a word or words to the audio stream VoCo can do that so well, I am told, it is extraordinarily hard to detect a change. It requires a 20-minute sample of the voice to do its thing.
The advances in artificial intelligence are bringing us new levels of voice synthesis and performance. Lyrebird, a speech synthesis technology company, can, with a 60 second audio clip of someone talking, imitate that voice. (Example) I doubt I would be fooled by these early examples. But, some do sound pretty real. I do expect them to get better.
As it gets more difficult to discern the actual from the synthesized those with a more fascist personality will demand laws to force people to be honest. Many seem to have no clue that ‘honesty’ can’t be legislated (a philosophical-logic debate). Such misguided effort generally results in a loss of freedom.
We are seeing an amazing loss of support for free speech as universities shift from institutions of higher learning, diversity, and questioning the status-quo to North Korean style education camps inculcating a specific ideology.
Universities were the place people got way from parents and examined ideas new to them. Universities provided the diverse range of thought and allowed the debate of ideas to find the best. What one believed was not a factor in their grade. No longer is it a matter of whether one has learned but whether they have accepted a professor’s opinion.
Now universities like Berkley can’t keep a single speaker safe. And this in an educational system run by the former Director of Home Security, once charged with keeping a nation safe. Really!?! Who is kidding who?
There is little diversity of thought in universities. They are becoming centers where racism and segregation are the “new” solutions to social unrest and equality. Forget the 60’s and MLK. United we stand and divided we fall, is forgotten. So, why is divisive identity politics so popular?
When I hear rational liberals and progressives speaking I generally hear people with a well-intentioned heart. But, they often break that illusion by breaking into hateful speech and making fascist demands as soon as one disagrees with them. In a second a conversational subject change seems to cause them to lose all connection to their ideals and reality. Conservative politicians are not much better.
How can the side demanding more bans on Hate Speech voice so much hate? It’s like insane Pro-Lifers killing people. WTF!!?!!
Google now returns 6+ million hits for articles about attacks on free speech. The UN has declared regulating hate speech as standing up for another’s rights… (Reference) Remember. The UN membership is made up of a majority of dictators. Saudi Arabia is now in charge of Women’s Rights… women in Saudi have no rights, at least not as Americans think of rights.
It seems people seldom think ahead. If one gives up their right to free speech, who is it that will control what is said? Who gets to say what is hate speech? The government? Federal, State, Local? Is that a Republican or Democrat government?
What happens to the idea of what is or isn’t Hate Speech when the opposing party is in office?
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