Comments on newspaper articles and some blogs should be censored
September 9, 2013 in sport
Blog and newspaper comments are allowed too much leeway due to the nature of the internet and technology beast.
I spent some time today reading articles and blogs about the test match against Oz and the WP game on various newspapers and blogs written by professionals and amateur writers and to put it mildly I was disgusted by the racism and verbal abuse dished out by people that comment on these mostly well written pieces.
Don’t get me wrong, I encourage and enjoy a sensible debate about current or topical issues but a line needs to be drawn somewhere. Freedom of speech does not include verbal abuse or personal assassination, nor does it encourage crimen injuria (sp).
The language used leaves much to be desired too. As a parent I have always encouraged my children to read the latest news and about sports that they like. I am no longer sure that I can or should do so.
In this day and age in this country, with virtual anonymity, it seems to me that adults and juveniles are being allowed access to the internet where they run around unchecked posting racist and derogatory posts just to get reaction.
I will not bother to read these newspapers or blogs again unless or until the editors sensor the slagging and blatant verbal abuse. The day these verbal trashings start on this blog forum is the day I stop blogging or even reading blogs.
20 years since apartheid was supposed to have ended I see that the population of this country still have very very far to go to reach any form of amicable co-habitation.