By Erik Ringmar
There has been by no means this kind of factor as actual freedom of speech. some time past, so as to converse freely you needed to have entry to a printing press, a newspaper, a radio or a television station. And in all places you needed to get earlier the editors. basically participants of the elite ever did – the articulate and well-behaved 'representatives' of standard humans. yet these usual humans infrequently, if ever, had an opportunity to talk publicly and freely. Until now. The age of running a blog has began. the web revolution has given us all an opportunity to be irreverent, blasphemous and ungrammatical in public. we will be able to demonstrate secrets and techniques, blow whistles, spill beans or simply make stuff up. The previous elites don't love it. actually, they honestly, particularly hate it. Blogs are in general close down, and bloggers are silenced, reprimanded and fired from their jobs. all at once sleek liberal society unearths a repressive face that few folks knew existed. may still we behave ourselves? may still we fall silent? totally no longer! Let's name them on their hypocrisy. Let's call for that sleek liberal society lives through the rules it claims to embody. Bloggers of the realm, unite! you don't have anything to lose yet your gags.
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Innocently, I put a link to my blog in the signature of all my emails. Some people clearly clicked on it since my blog by this time began picking up readers – a dozen or so a day. But it was offline rather than on that the shit eventually hit the fan. Real fan, real shit. On 22 March 2006, I gave a speech at the ‘Open Day’ – a recruitment event – organized for prospective LSE students and their parents. No, I wasn’t the best person for the job. qxd 01/08/2007 12:46 PM Page 39 Free Speech and Censorship at the LSE 39 taught various undergrad courses, but I never really bothered to learn anything about the undergraduate degree as such.
As a modest contribution to the class struggle I published my salary – in pounds and pennies – online. Yes, students were amazed that an academic didn’t make more. On the other hand – and I made this point as well – English academics don’t really work more than about five months in a year. The remaining seven months are referred to as ‘research’ – that is to say, a bit of reading, a bit of interviewing, and a lot of buggering off. Yes, buggering off became the topic of another blog entry. Next came student fees.
One very entrepreneurial student created a petition on the Facebook website – ‘In Support of Erik Ringmar’ – and it soon had over 380 signatures. The LSE student newspaper, The Beaver, had an article about my case – ‘massive student support for threatened lecturer’ – and a very well-argued editorial which defended the right of academics to speak freely. qxd 46 01/08/2007 12:46 PM Page 46 A Blogger’s Manifesto overhearing conversations all over campus with references to ‘that lecturer in the Government Department’.
A Blogger's Manifesto: Free Speech and Censorship in the Age of the Internet by Erik Ringmar