Tuesday, September 08, 2015

#Elxn42: Candidates In A Coal Mine?


I understand that the stuff that the suddenly 'fired' CPC candidates did was pretty icky and/or creepy.

But was the online witch hunting/shaming/gloating over their activities and, in particular, their fates the way to go?

Because once this stuff starts where, exactly, do you draw the line?

Or, perhaps, more importantly, how do you stop the piling on?

For example, what if somebody put up a video that could be misconstrued as being icky and/or creepy or on the 'wrong' side of certain private moral lines for a significant percentage of the population?

Like, say you found a parent singing a song with his kids that, if taken way out of context, could be seen as promoting devilry...

Could something like that be used to take down said parent if, say, five years from now they decided to run for office in times that become even more polarized with respect to religion in public life than they are now?

And/or to get them in trouble in their job/vocation?

And/or their charitable/volunteer activities?

I guess all I'm saying is that I feel a wee bit of that 'There but the grace of the goddess/spaghetti monster go I'  thingy with all of this online shaming.


So, how should such things go in a political context?...Hmmmmm....How about if we let candidates with personal icky/creepy (but not unlawful) past transgressions explain themselves fully and then let the voters decide?
What's the actual context of that little music video pasted in, above....Why it all has something to do with the 'E's and my 'Year of Busking Dangerously', of course!
And, if you want little more Darnielle et al......This.



Anonymous said...

Brendan O'Neill - Freedom of Speech and Right to Offend
8'30" YouTube

Grant G said...

Friends, you can get by with a little help from your friends.


RossK said...

Thanks Anon-Above--

Not sure I agree with Mr. O'Neill on many things, but I see his point here.



Well played...These 'friends', however, are a whole different kettle of fish entirely.


Glen Clark said...

Ross K- I completely agree with you. Hard to see how this 'morality test' applied to old social media posts can survive much longer. I hate to think of things I would have posted when I was younger. Clearly had I had the opportunity to display my 'thoughts' I would have been disqualified for public office. (course some may be applauding now!). But I really fear that we risk alienating all but the most boring, careful risk-avoiding people from even competing for public office if we continue to react with outrage at every old tweet.