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I may not always agree with people's opinions, but I will support and defend their right to articulate ideas and opinions.  The world would be a very boring place indeed without the insight of the passionate author and artist who penned this post.


I hate censorship.




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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on October 22, 2012 at 11:22pm
I don't think Geoff made his comment in a bullying way at all. Geoff was a journalist and he explained how to make statements without making an attack.
Geri, guess I am missing out on something because I actually don't know what Becky mean't by Go Huskers. I took it for what it was and thought of a sports team. Seriously, what did she mean then?
Comment by geri a. wegner on October 22, 2012 at 9:41pm

Well Sam, you are proving a point.  Geoff could have said the same thing without it sounding like bullying.

Also, the term bullying does seem to be a bit overused these days.  

Jacki, I am pretty sure you know what Go Huskers means in this particular case, you've been around here long enough.    

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on October 22, 2012 at 8:44pm

Sam, I don't think that is true.  What Geoff said is not a form of bullying.  If that is true then teachers bully their students everyday by telling them to settle down and be quite.  Or pareents must then be bullies all the time.  Bullying is a separate thing and is usually when one person elevates themselves at someone else's expense which is exactly what Geoff was saying. 

The weird thing about this post is that it attempted to draw people in under the guise of a post about sports with the sole purpose of another agenda. 

Comment by Geoff Coe on October 21, 2012 at 9:55pm

The bottom line for me ( a former journalist and fierce defender of the First Amendment):

Don't use your First Amendment rights as a bully pulpit to smack others around and demean them. To do so diminishes the power of your argument and your integrity.

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on October 21, 2012 at 6:31pm

Richard, I think most people feel the same way you do.  If some people outgrow this site, that is ok.  I guess there is a place for everyone.

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on October 21, 2012 at 10:18am
I agree with Connie and Geri. I have only participated on this site for about six months but it didn't take long o figure out who the insulters and put downers etc. were. A lively discussion based on facts from both sides is enlightening. Degrading the person or their art is not useful, but I've seen both on this site. Sometimes you just have to smack the bullies. I would rather stick to the facts, just like Jack Webb ( LOL I am probably dating myself with that one).
Comment by geri a. wegner on October 21, 2012 at 9:16am

"The real question then becomes.....should we censor people who make us mad...aka...should we censor people who are speaking a grain of truth..."

As an outspoken person, I would hate that because I would definitely be a candidate to censor.   

Two of the people that I admire and respect the most have been banned from here.  They are both extremely articulate,  but both have, on occasion, been very blunt in their feelings about what another person has said.   I think this has caused people to be afraid to discuss substantive subjects and that makes this place less interesting too.  Discussions with more participants can be far more informative.

Comment by Connie Mettler on October 21, 2012 at 8:33am

Snide personal and mocking remarks about other people do not belong here. They inhibit participation. They are mean and rude. This site is meant for respectful conversation and sharing of ideas. Please check the Code of Conduct above. Insulting others is not an option here.

If the site ends up just being about tents that would be a shame, but I doubt it will. If someone reading this doesn't want it to be only about art fair equipment then step up and interact, write a post, answer a discussion, start your own. Opinions and observations are welcome. I know Sam, from reading your posts, that you like to keep things lively. Fine! Just don't resort to mocking others.

On another note, Go Blue!

Comment by geri a. wegner on October 20, 2012 at 10:37pm

I hate censorship too but I also am not a fan of attacks on other people.  It recently happened to me here and took all my will power not to respond.  

Most opinions can be made without referring to specific people.  And if a person thinks that he/she was referred to when no names are mentioned, then they should have to deal with their own paranoia.

Artists face rejection in more ways than the average person but it seems the written word is the easiest way to get under their skin.  Any idea why that is?

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