Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Question of the day....?
Free Speech and Censorship.
I know many bloggers have comment moderation on. When I first began blogging, I had comment moderation on but it became too many emails for me. An email to tell me there was a comment would I allow it? Then when I approved it, an email to tell me that it posted. I found myself approving them all and figured, what's the point? It's a lot of emails that I don't want to be bothered with. So far, it's been working out great for me.
However, that being said, I have not had anyone comment something pornographic or otherwise offensive in that manner, maybe not very nice, but certainly not offensive in that sense. I realize that others who do have comment moderation on, have it for very personal reasons.
I only ask this question because my BFC got me thinking.
Is comment moderation a form of censorship and therefore limiting free speech? I mean we put stuff out there in the public arena on public blogs right? So we are taking advantage of free speech, but what if someone comments something we don't like or agree with? Is that then censorship? Should we go to a private blog if we don't want comments that aren't what we approve of? I don't know. That is why I am asking the question.