Free Speech vs. Internet Censorship

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Picture it in your head: you're sitting at your computer and you double-click on your internet icon. You log onto all of your social networking websites; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, etc. Everything’s fine - the wall posts, the tweets, the comments, up until you come across an anonymous message exclaiming to you to ‘go kill yourself.’ With that one line, you begin to remember all of the times you’ve been bullied, all of the insults hurled at you, all of the sleepless nights crying because of the pain you’ve endured throughout your lifetime. Within a few, short moments, your body is found lifelessly hanging in the middle of your room by your mother with the message still displayed on your computer screen. Censorship and free speech has been and still is a largely debated topic when dealing with the current freedom of the internet, especially when it comes to dealing with young, adolescent minds. Although the First Amendment in the Constitution guarantees the right to the Freedom of Speech, allowing us as Americans to say anything we’d like without remorse or punishment, the internet should still be monitored and censored to a certain extent to ensure that the internet doesn’t continue to become a free-for-all arena in which anyone could say and do as they wish without judgment of others’ opinions and views imposing on their own. It seems that when deaths are caused by the act of cyberbullying, the “cyberbully” isn’t brought to justice, which gives them the idea that it’s okay to continue moving forward in their hurtful and hateful speech. In his article “Douse the Online Flamers,” Andrew Keen writes about a troubled girl named Megan Meier who committed suicide after a comment was left on her MySpace page saying that “the world would be a better place without you.” “Later, when it became clear that the fictitious Josh Evans was actually Lori Drew,

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