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I just have to air some opinions today: I think free speech is one of the most important laws/ideas of my country. And social media is great for this reason and I’m so glad we can all use it together. But since it’s late, I will, instead of writing my own opinion, share a few (very few of the many many – because this has gone viral!) of today’s “big headlines in social media” below.

Sorry to do this guys, but I couldn’t stop myself. It’s a big buzz about what you can and can not say right now, and since I feel like a spokes person for Sweden through this blog (and I know many of you are Scandinavian fans) I wanted to let everyone get both sides of the coin here. Go read, think, express YOUR opinion and don’t let anyone tell you to shut up!

Disclaimer: I wouldn’t write any of the tweets that Sonja has posted this week – but instead…

…this media storm makes me think: it’s so easy to missunderstand if you want to, some words are so loaded that you can’t even say/write them at all, reading one article from one source just give you their side of the story (and it’s really upsetting when it’s a false or an opinionated one masked as the truth!), journalists don’t know everything (or sometimes anything), journalists have a lot of power, the comments on many of the articles above are more interesting than the articles themselves, politics is so complex it’s scary, it’s not strange that humans start wars and fight all the time, a few sentences can (and will!) be interpreted differently by different people so that some call them semitism and others call it anit-semitism (!) and also: words are powerful. Never forget it: words have power. I guess that is why I love to read, write and share.

I’m iHanna on twitter and I mostly write about craft and art, hehe. Or I’m iHannas in Swedish and when the US is sleeping.

2 Responses

  1. I must live in a cave because I hadn’t noticed all these things.

    In the U.S., we’re used to negative press. It seems as if every country’s media has something bad to say about us. (Yet some of those same countries are the ones who think Americans should help them out financially.) So I believe very little of what I read. We are all – across this world of ours – just human beings, going to work, coming home for dinner, trying to get through the day and waiting for the weekend.

  2. woah. Where are the other comments on this post?! Why aren’t people talking?

    Anyway, I don’t mind whatever you wish to share on your own blog, so something like this is welcome. It gives me information I wouldn’t know otherwise. As you know, I am not on Twitter much any more and when I am I rarely can go back far enough to see everything I’ve missed. This is great because you’ve given me the information I need to update on this subject. It’s very intriguing.

    you are so right about people’s perceptions and how stories are presented by journalists. Especially online, where every bit of info can be shared instantly and then misinterpretted by hundreds of people in just a few minutes.

    It’s sad to me that the reader does not take more personal responsibility for what they are reading. We need to try really hard not to believe everything and certainly not assume the story is complete when it’s from only one source. We’ve all seen our own family members let things get out of hand because no one stops long enough to think about what the real intent to meaning is. So we should be even more patient and thoughtful with online information.

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