KHUK Posted February 16, 2009 Share Posted February 16, 2009 The internet can be blamed for so many things, but most of all racism. It’s easy to say anything on the internet these days, I think people sometimes forget that real people are behind every computer screen. You forget all your anxieties when using the internet, perhaps you feel more confident to say something that you couldn’t and wouldn’t say to someone’s face. People need reminding that reading words can also conjure up all sorts of images in the minds of everyone regardless of background. Most nations have the great privilege of free speech but that doesn’t give anyone the right to say absolutely anything to anyone, especially racist remarks. Youtube is the pinnacle of this particular topic, one good look at the comments of its users makes you wonder what kind of world we live in today. Maybe you don’t mean what you write sometimes, still, you write it anyway. You might feel some sense of guilt after awhile, but what can you do, you’ve said it and someone has read it. It’s easy to forget about the person behind the screen sometimes, I almost forgot that someone is/will be reading this. Imagine if Youtube wasn’t a website but was in fact a big massive football field with a TV screen in the middle of the pitch. You all watched the same video together and then each of you were individually asked to make a comment on a microphone, live and in front of thousands. If this video was something that you didn’t believe in, disliked or hated it. Would you say so? Would you keep your thoughts to yourself and just say it was good and then pass the microphone to the person in the next seat? If this video featured a person from a country that you disliked, and that same person was in the next seat to yours, would you tell him/her and the thousands listening that you disliked him/her because of where he/she comes from? No matter where you are in the world, remember the people behind the screens, watching, listening or reading. They’re real people. STAMP OUT RACISM! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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