This falseness when it comes to integrity and ethics just sickens me. Especially when it is in relation to journalism.
But before I continue, I must explain what is grinding my gears tonight.
It is this despicable lack of accountability and double-standard. If something goes wrong, it’s always a 3rd-party that is at fault. No one seems to dare to pull their hand out of the cookie jar and say, “yep, it was me, I stole some cookies from the cookie jar.”
Instead someone else is blamed, or better yet, they are excused for being too young to understand what is right or wrong.
What kind of message does that send? Oh, you’re too young to feel bad for that, so it’s okay. No consequences for you today.
What I grew up with is that your actions has consequences. And if you are caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you bloody own up to it and take fucking responsibility for it!
There is nothing more than cowardice trying to weasel your way out of something if you’ve been caught redhanded.
And yes, I got caught doing stupid stuff and I owned up to it.
What also sickens me is how racists or other spreaders of hate-speech seems to be some kind of protected species. It is fine to criticise racism, but not the racist? In the same way it was suddenly bad to expose Violentacrez. Where was the protection of his victims?
Also, where was the brigade protecting the two women Julian Assange has been accused of raping? Outing their identity didn’t create too much negative reaction at all.
Which is why when journalists criticise other journalists for exposing people who are nothing but scum they are suddenly the bad guys.
Treated as if they have crossed some ethical boundary. Yet in some countries you can often read the full-name of a rapist in the newspaper. And the defence for doing so is because the name is public record and it is of public interest.
Similar to a tweet on a public account. It’s publicly available to anyone. It’s sitting there, waiting to be found, like the court report with the rapist’s name in it.
But publicly naming a rapist is good, but publicly naming a racist is bad, when both names are publicly accessible.
A lack of logic and consistency if you ask me. Neither is it fair.
Racist Teens Forced to Answer for Tweets About the ‘Nigger’ President – Read it
This article was RTed by someone I follow [on Twitter] and the discussion regarding it was kind of interesting. Interesting in the way that it was suggested that it apparently was wrong to republish these public tweets. Even though they were already accessible to the public.
‘If they take offence that’s their choice:’ Greg Ritchie defends accusations of racism – Read it
Again I have to point it out. This is why people outside of Australia think Australians are racist. This fucking rubbish! If you want people to stop calling Australia a racist country, take it up with those who smear this country’s good name and reputation!
When does shaming racist kids turn into online bullying? – Read it
No, there is no room for making mistakes online, the same way it has never really been any room to make mistakes in real life. We’ve all been there, done or said something stupid and been caught in the act. How you decide to approach that is up to you. And using Violentacrez as an example is idiotic. It’s so moronic it doesn’t deserve an explanation to why.