Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Freedom of Expression Debate




  
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During our class in Professional Ethics (in IT), we had a debate on the subject of "Should publishing nude pictures be considered part of ones freedom of expression or not?"


I would like to hear from you comments about my argument regarding this.


My argument is this:


First let's define 'Freedom of Expression' in simple terms.
I think there can be two simple definitions:

Definition #1 - A person can do anything he want's to do.
OR
Definition #2 - A person can do anything he want's to do but there are restrictions.

[Are my definitions correct? Do you have suggestions?]


I think definition #1 is an impossibility. If that is our definition of 'Freedom of Expression' there would be chaos.
My example on how this will create chaos is this: If person A wants to do something because he is free to do it, person B might prevent person A from doing it because person B also has freedom to do what he wants to do. If person A insists, person B might also insist on preventing him.


So if definition #1 is an impossibility, then we are left with only definition #2.


If definition #2 is true, my question is: "Who should set the restrictions"? Because whether we like it or not, someone is going to set the restrictions.

This question is important because answering this can help us determine who will win the debate. It can help us determine if publishing nude pictures should be part of freedom of expression or part of the restriction.


But first of all, why do we need restrictions?
We need restrictions to prevent chaos, right? Thus, promoting wellness to our society and to each individual in the society.

So my answer to the question "Who sets the restrictions" would be this: Someone who knows what things cause wellness or harm to the society and to each individual in the society.

If that Someone says that "publishing nude pictures" brings WELLNESS to the society then it shoud BE considered part of freedom of expression.

If that Someone says that "publishing nude pictures" brings HARM to the society then it shoud NOT BE considered part of freedom of expression but is part of the restrictions to freedom of expression.


[I think the winner of the debate should be the group that agrees with what that Someone will say. But who should that Someone be?]