On Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:57:17 -0600, Tony <lizandtony at orcon dot net
Post by Tony
Exactly, far too many people shot from the hip and we need balance.
You are referring to a fairly shallow and misguided article, Tony, and
I agree that the author appears to have shot from the hip a bit.
A significant action taken immediately following the Christchurch
attack was the banning of holding or publication of the video - a
ruling made under existing laws and largely unopposed. There has been
worldwide condemnation of the incitement to acts of terrorism and
violence, but few solutions found - to pretend that any law should not
be enacted if it would not have stopped that specific attack is
specious nonsense equivalent to saying we should not have speed limits
because they have not stopped road deaths - but then cheap articles by
a comedy write probably do have a place.
Still not to fear, the government appears to be in no urgent rush to
respond to those calling for urgent action, or to those who wish to
pretend there are no problems. Generally it is accepted that it is OK
for individuals to be wrong, but it does become problematic when that
affects others. The classis argument arisies from consideration of
shouiting fire in a crowded theatre, causing a panic and harm when
there is in fact no fire. To a lesser extent we can point to the
recent deaths from measles in Samoa, arising from misunderstandings
and false opinions. The same issue for different reasons affects our
ability to take appropriate action relating to global change - there
mischevious denial of scientific analysis for short term profit
motives has led to many gullible New Zealanders sharing inappropriate
denial. What actions do you propose in relation to the real problems
we face from time to time, Tonyu? Certainly our censorship rules,
developed over many years, appear to have coped quite well regarding
the Christchurch attack . . .