Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/26[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
This has turned into a Free Speech discussion. I am totally, utterly, thoroughly, absolutely committed to unbridled Free Speech, and am appalled that the United States Supreme Court believes it can be made a crime to shout "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre. That is not the issue here. The issue here is the appropriateness of the posting of the crude picture. It was inappropriate because: a) It was grotesquely off-topic, even further than I generally dare to tread b) Many folks here have "family values" and do not wish such stuff on their computers c) We do not know that some of the LUG'ers aren't of juvenile years, with all that this entails. (That is, I have a non-censorship arrangement with my own 16-year-old son, precisely as my parents had with me -- but others feel differently, and I will NOT substitute my judgement for that of other parents. Each parent should be the judge of his or her own family situation). Hence, I do not believe that this posting should have been "illegal" or "subject to censorship", on the very grounds which led Voltaire to posit that 'I may not agree with what you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it'. But I feel this poster should have used more judgement in posting. Marc firstname.lastname@example.org FAX: +540/343-7315 Cha robh bas fir gun ghras fir!