It’s a lively and slightly longer than usual show this week as we look at cases where people have fallen foul of the laws that appear to undermine freedom of speech.
Before that, Morgan tells us about his new website which promotes free culture projects, products and services that are being crowd-funded (link below). He then attempts to ward off any future attacks on his person by providing a disclaimer regarding how he communicates [see the ‘About’ page], and then informs us of the recent letter/piece of self-serving propaganda he received from our very own Prime Minister/Big Brother, David Cameron. Then, after catching his girlfriend in the act of watching ‘The Voice’, Morgs ups his Britishness (and encourages others to do the same) by complaining to the BBC about Will.I.Am’s blatant product placement on the show. NotMorgan looks at the Government’s proposed ‘Cinderella Law’ and wonders whether he can get back at his mum for a perceived slight she made in the very distant past. Crediting Adam Curry of the No Agenda show for his ‘Value for Value’ model, we ask listeners to get involved with and support the show.
Beginning our Free Speech segment, NotMorgs asks whether the recent story of Liberty’s and two politicians’ previous connection with the Paedophile Information Exchange Network is actually more of a veiled attack on free speech, before giving his opinion on people and the laws that ‘insult’ or ‘offend’ them. Morgan clarifies his position on ‘a politician’s role’. Looking at how the question of “Do we have free speech to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre?” seems to have become “Do we have free speech to yell “I’ve got a bomb!” in a crowded airport?” we then have some light relief with the recent story of a man who claimed “I’ve got a bomb in my arse!” We also wonder: would terrorists really announce their intentions first on Twitter or Facebook?
We look at the “Destroy America” tweet – hmmm, those two words on our website will probably bring some ‘interesting’ traffic – and another case, the ‘Twitter Joke Trial”. We look at the mind-numbing, freedom-discarding meme of ‘better safe than sorry’ and, in light of the above cases, Morgs sees the reflection of that in a possible future where we increasingly think “I’d better be safe and not say anything in case I end up sorry”. We then discuss the erosion of personal privacy and perceived personal social messages having a potentially worldwide audience. Detailing the stories of the two teenagers sentenced to four years each for their Facebook pages during the 2011 UK riots, we also take a brief look at ‘pre-crime’ and the criminalisation of ‘encouraging terrorism’, regardless of a person’s intent. Morgs discusses Mozilla’s CEO being forced to resign for his donations to Proposition 8 (banning gay marriage) and sees double standards in the story, citing the stance of many of Intel’s employees as an example. We end, as always, with our adieus and a creative commons track. We really enjoyed making this show and look forward to your feedback.
Check out Morgan’s new website:
Funding Freedom CC – Supporting Free Culture Through Crowd Funding
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