Tony (thisistony) wrote in metaquotes,
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Bel from Singapore thinks Americans think too hard about the first amendment.

even though my right to free speech is limited, at least I know, from hundreds of English and GP and LAWR classes, that firstly, nobody gives a damn about what I think, and secondly, that if I want to speak about something, I'd better have enough substance and authority to back it up with, and to take responsibility if it's a flawed opinion (because otherwise I could get sued in defamation for saying NKF had installed gold taps, zomg).
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With all due respect to Americans who are on my flist...

It amuses me how Americans guard their right to free speech so jealously...

and then when someone says something they can't handle...

they either censor or get indignant and go 'you shouldn't have because it was so uncalled for!'.

in short, exercising their right to free speech while denying someone else's right.

It's times like this when I am certainly glad to have grown up in censor-happy Singapore, where the media is owned by the government and defamation suits taken out by the former PM/his son abound, and zomg no one dares to offend the PAP.

Because even though my right to free speech is limited, at least I know, from hundreds of English and GP and LAWR classes, that firstly, nobody gives a damn about what I think, and secondly, that if I want to speak about something, I'd better have enough substance and authority to back it up with, and to take responsibility if it's a flawed opinion (because otherwise I could get sued in defamation for saying NKF had installed gold taps, zomg).
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