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Speak Up

February 9th, 2015

The most efficient method of censorship is self-censorship. Remind people that what they're saying is being watched, and they will inevitably and eventually self-censor. It's an old trick, usually enforced with an intentional element of randomness. The lack of any clear boundaries of what you are "allowed" to say leads to a significantly more aggressive application of self-restraint than any strict rules could ever accomplish.

12 Angry Men This self-censorship effect is a phenomenon observable even outside the realm of political persecution. Within any social fabric, the further your self-expression reaches, the more likely you are to restrain yourself and be "careful" about what you say and how you say it. This can happen consciously or unconsciously, but with time you begin to "edit".

This isn't always a bad thing. Considering what you say and how it may be perceived is certainly a virtue. But a constant pre-occupation with one's perception by others based on what you share or say is idle vanity, ever encouraged and reinforced by social media.

Be yourself. Share your thoughts. Voice your opinions without constantly worrying about whether or not what you say is going to be popular. Doing so is not without consequence -- in fact, you may want to do so anonymously -- but you may not only find your own voice, but also help others find theirs: your speaking up can show them that they are not alone, can lead them to question what they assumed to be the majority's opinion, can let them find the courage to speak.

February 9th, 2015


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