Scribble 5: Spin and the political agenda

Leading on from yesterday’s post about the disturbing nature of legitimising hate speech by delivering it in a polished and reasonable manner, today’s post is all about spin. Spin is a wordsmith’s art; although it drives me nuts there’s no denying the talent behind the complex language of misdirection deployed by administrative and political bodies. … Continue reading Scribble 5: Spin and the political agenda

Scribble 4: Hate speech

So, in an earlier post I wondered how damaging words can actually be. Today I’ve been listening to some voices whose views teeter precariously between legality and, well, breaking the law. These are views that could be considered as hate speech. The problem with classifying hate speech is that it is often subjective. Some of … Continue reading Scribble 4: Hate speech

Scribble 3: Free speech & dealing with offensive, abusive or difficult speakers

Today’s post is about dealing with offensive and difficult opinions. Warning: some readers may find the following content offensive and/or difficult. Now, I am a hard person to offend. Nevertheless, some people do succeed. Nigel Farage and UKIP’s persistent attempts to demonize anyone from outside of the UK. Roosh V and his neo-masculinist essays on … Continue reading Scribble 3: Free speech & dealing with offensive, abusive or difficult speakers

Scribble 2: Free speech and freedom of opinion

Hello and welcome to Tuesday. Today marks 6 weeks since a court in Saudi Arabia commuted the death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to 800 lashes and 8 years in prison. Fayadh stands accused of apostasy (the renunciation of religion). A translation of some of his work can be read here. Fayadh’s plight is … Continue reading Scribble 2: Free speech and freedom of opinion

Scribble 1: Poet-in-Residence

Hello there. My name is Shey Hargreaves. I’m a writer and storyteller from East Anglia in the UK and I’ve come to scribble with 1215.today for the next four weeks as their Digital Poet-in-Residence. (It’s the residency that’s digital, not me. I’m real. Really.) I’ll be blogging over the next month on themes surrounding personal freedom. … Continue reading Scribble 1: Poet-in-Residence