Re: cheers and jeers

Cal Eastman (shiva@FREENET.SCRI.FSU.EDU)
Wed, 4 Jan 1995 09:57:10 -0500

although it may well be true that all speech is defined culturally, and
no speech is free, that does not mean in any ideal society we may be
strivinbg towrds, we should not strive towards a situation where speech
is freer and freer. Accepting that other cultures have other, ewqually
valid reality tunnelks, does not mean u cannot opt to have an opinion on

Boom shiva
mahalinga nataraj
(puffiness 4evah)

On Tue, 3 Jan 1995, Cliff Sloane wrote:

> > Those who dictate speech restriction in the name of "good" are no different
> > and surely should earn swift justice. They are robbers of choice too.
> >
> > Of all the freedoms, freedom of speech is the most important. Yet (in hoc
> > signo vinces) you would rob us of this!
> >
> > Ain't Truth grand.
> I hope others on the list would recognize the severe ethnocentrism of Mr.
> Johnston's above comments. If we've learned anything at all from
> linguistic anthropology, semiotics, et al., it is that all speech is
> social behavior, and that no speech is free. The above comment
> represents, to this humble reader, a particularly disingenuous form of
> classically American individualism.
> Am I being too harsh?
> Cliff Sloane