Thursday 18 January 2018

Now they're criminalising opinion

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
The two kittens had been tied up in a bag and thrown into a river.
The two kittens had been tied up in a bag and thrown into a river.

* It's rather ironic that we live in an era when more people have more opportunity to give their opinion on any given matter, while at the same time face a greater threat of criminal prosecution for expressing that opinion.

The rise of social media, radio phone-in shows and the greater belief everybody has the right to spout their beliefs on absolutely anything has ensured that we all have a forum for our thoughts. As long as those thoughts conform with the ones we are allowed to express, that is.

The old adage that sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you now looks painfully antiquated and ignorant in this golden age of caring, sharing empathy.

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