Bad things happen when we become too free with our speech. We stop taking responsibility for our own words. We forget our humanity. We become feckless trolls, bullies and conspiracy theorists
SOMETIMES WE should stop talking — just because we have freedom of speech doesn’t mean we have to use it.
Before the dawn of the new technology — and I hate to keep blaming new technology, but we’re caught in the sandwich of its good effects and its bad ones, and I’m afraid the bad ones are coming out on top — we kept our darker instincts more or less concealed.
They simmered under the surface instead of bubbling out into the open.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.