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The Greater L.A. Skeptics Meetup Group Message Board › Cafe Inquiry - Wed. Jan. 30 - Harassment vs. Free Speech

Cafe Inquiry - Wed. Jan. 30 - Harassment vs. Free Speech

Gary H
North Hollywood, CA
Post #: 224
Center for Inquiry Calendar

Harassment vs. Free Speech
Where to draw the line?

Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8:00pm
Doors open at 7:30

Acceptable speech and behavior varies from place to place and from medium to medium. Yelling something that might go unnoticed at a football game or a boxing match might be inappropriate at the opera or at a conference on evolution.

When people are online, many interpersonal aspects of communication fade away – we lose facial expressions, body language, tone – and someone who posts may remain anonymous. This anonymity protects the author in ways not enjoyed in face-to-face communication. Do people play by different rules when online as opposed to at a public event? Can t-shirts and other clothing or jewelry insult or harass?

Indeed, what is harassment? Where do we draw the line with what we say and do? Are there ever circumstances when you can say anything?

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