Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?

Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?

Trigger Warning Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech Concise and Abridged EditionIn this blistering polemic veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression which he argues is threatened in the West not by jack

  • Title: Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?
  • Author: Mick Hume
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  • Concise and Abridged EditionIn this blistering polemic, veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which he argues is threatened in the West, not by jackbooted censorship but by a creeping culture of conformism and You Can t Say That.In a fierce defence of free speech in all its forms Mick Hume s blistering polemic exposesConcise and Abridged EditionIn this blistering polemic, veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which he argues is threatened in the West, not by jackbooted censorship but by a creeping culture of conformism and You Can t Say That.In a fierce defence of free speech in all its forms Mick Hume s blistering polemic exposes the new threats facing us today in the historic fight for freedom of expression Ours is an age when sensitive students must be sheltered from potentially offensive material in safe spaces , Twitter vigilantes police those expressing the wrong opinion online, and many even insist that the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists showed the need to restrict offensive ideas and opinions.But the fundamental freedom being attacked the right to be offensive, despite the problems it might create is vital to a free and civilised society Without unfettered freedom of expression, other liberties will not be possible.

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    While I can get behind Hume's overarching premise that free speech should be untrammeled, he lays out parameters so vast (essentially limitless), with the only "regulation" being the common sense, intelligence, and courtesy of the individual.Is he naive or disingenuous? (<= this one)I totally get his complaints about the relentless outrage factory of Twitter, where people routinely get trial by 140 characters and an verdict of guilty by hashtag.I totally get his annoyance with university stud [...]

    Sisältövaroitus: tässä kirjassa keski-ikäinen, valkoihoinen heteromies uhriutuu, koska häntä on kielletty kiusaamasta yhteiskunnallisesti heikommassa asemassa olevia.

    This book would have benefited greatly from the services of a ruthless editor's pen. Far too much repetition and overuse of phrases ('reverse Voltaires got particularly irksome). Having said that the book does argue passionately and persuasively for untrammelled free speech.

    “Free speech is more important than hurt feelings. It is a sorry sign of the times that such a statement might seem outlandish to some.”Trigger warning: common-sense-based views, anti-priggishness, the necessity to judge for yourself and not take everything the author says at face-value, anti-holier-than-thou-conformism, freedom-does-not-include-the-right-to-unchallenged-narcissismSupposing you feel inclined to disagree with the above quotation from Mick Hume’s book Trigger Warning: Is the [...]

    Trigger warning: sexism, racism, homophobia, white-privilege, safe space mocking, liberal mocking After I finished this book yesterday, I prepared to give a scathing review about privilege and obligations of safety; that most private companies have contracts that require certain behavior as part of at-will employment, that the bullying and those social media trigger happy criers of “offensive,” “racist” and even “check your privilege” while annoying are within their rights of free sp [...]

    The False Security of ConsensusIf you believe in the free expression of ideas, either as a speaker or a listener, this is an impassioned look at the erosion of free speech in our time.The Good Bits: We deny the right to free speech at our own peril. Not only is the speaker’s right to express involved, but also the listener’s right to hear. Without the ability to hear contrary, racist, xenophobic, conspiracy theorist, appalling opinions, we will lose the ability to defend our own views. No on [...]

    I'm mostly subscribed to the author's idea of free speech fundamentalism but the book itself has some editorial problems - too much repetition. I'm deeply passionate about this topic but took almost an entire week to get through this book, at times even finding it a chore, mostly because of its repetitiveness. He could have also stood to perhaps footnote a bit more (which is not to say that he doesn't support his arguments) for the sake of being comprehensive. Anyway, for me, a good and mostly c [...]

    Absolutely excellent! I felt like I wanted to read bits out to everybody all the time, and pretty much every page has some quote worthy lines. The argument for allowing unrestrained free speech is convincingly put forward, and I felt Mick Hume covered all the relevant points thoroughly. If I could I'd make this compulsory reading!

    Absolutamente essencial. A liberdade de expressão é posta em causa todos os dias, em todo o lado. Por vezes, não nos apercebemos da sua importância ou das ameaças que enfrenta. Este livro, escrito depois do ataque ao Charlie Hebdo, apresenta argumentos para a defesa incondicional da liberdade de expressão, e mostra que limitar este direito tem consequências desastrosas.

    It was difficult to decide what rating to give this. Although I agree with the general argument of the book, I had quite a few problems with it.The approach Hume used to get his point across was very black and white: complete free speech or no free speech at all. I didn't really understand why this was. He seemed to underestimate the impact of words on actions - he acted as if what you say doesn't incite people to do things, unless, of course, these people are imbeciles. This, in my mind, isn't [...]

    This book raises some pretty good points but there's far too much repetition and it feels as if there is no structure. Also, the author seems to contradict himself: he's concerned about free speech but considers massive public response to controversial opinions a form of "unofficial censorship". To me there's no such thing as unofficial censorship. Censorship is something that is enforced by institutions and authorities. However Mick Hume shares some pretty good examples of how the left is becom [...]

    Okay, but I find the entire premise to be fundamentally flawed. Hume accepts that some types of speech are not "free speech", such as harassment, libel, etc, but then goes onto repeatedly argue that free speech is under threat by laws against harassment, libel etc I find this contradictory. I think Hume is presenting a straw man of the other side's position. He says the "yeah but" types should agree with unfettered free speech, but agrees that SOME forms of speech should be regulated. I think he [...]

    A blood-boiling read that is even more relevant today than when it was written a few years ago. Provides a look at those who were once free speech warriors who have now placed themselves on the opposite side of the debate. If you are a journalist, writer, academic, rhetorician or simply love the first amendment, you should read this book. The only downside: as much as the author proclaims the antidote to bad speech is more speech, he may have taken that too literally. There is much redundancy an [...]

    Mick Hume has a solid point there regarding the free speech, the problem that I see is that Mick intentionally or not, ignores a lot of gray areas when he draws the line on the 100% free speech. He raises the question "if something is going to be censored who is going to censor?" Implying there is always a risk. And indeed, it is the thing is that a perfect solution for imperfect humans might never work as expected.

    It's very thought-provoking and is a must read for anyone who is interested in contemporary politics. It has its issues, sure; it's very blabbering, and he sounds quite bitter towards the end, but it's otherwise quite an enjoying read. It's a book that first introduces a point, which I might take issue with, before Micky explains his point, and sways me.

    I understand the author's ideas on free speech, but I found that the book was too repetitive. It could have been condensed into a few chapters and still got the point across.

    There is no right not to be offended. While this may be news to a lot of university students, it is a fact -- at least for the moment. As Mick Hume makes plain in his book, Trigger Warning, there are strong forces at work to limit free speech in favour of protecting us all from words that may upset us.I knew even before I began reading Hume's book that I was going to agree with most of what he argues. I've watched with dismay the growing intolerance for contrarian viewpoints, particularly on col [...]

    I feel this is a really important book to read in the current climate. It was also an uncomfortable read for me, as I recognised myself in many of the authors critiques. I was one of the “I believe in free speech but.” people, someone who had believed in 'no platforming' and belonged to a movement which tried to shut down people who held views I disagreed with. The book challenged the entire way I had thought and forced me to re-evaluate my opinions.The author makes a clear distinction betwe [...]

    A stirring, provocative and much needed defence of freedom of speech. Hume takes aim, with the precision of a sniper, at the modern day authoritarians amongst us and successfully blows apart their armour of safe space policies, trigger warnings, offence taking, hyper-sensitivity and disregard for the intelligence of the populace at large. A must read for anyone who has ever been told "You can't say THAT" or "YOU can't say that". This book represents atruly bracing call to arms at a time where th [...]

    The theme of this book, freedom of speech, is very dear to me. Unfortunately, there are parts where the book itself could have been better written/argued/edited.Even though, it raises awareness to an extremely important subject, how freedom of speech is being slowly taken away in the name of things such as political correctness, identity politics and oversensitiveness.The cases it presents, either American universities which are toning down material to avoid offending students, or British laws t [...]

    I would have given this 5 stars had my judgement related solely to content. Not that I agree with everything in it, but because of the importance of the issue. The assaults on freedom of speech have been increasing and spreading in recent years, and they must be countered. The problem is that the book is not especially well written. It is very repetitive and grates at times. Still, worth the effort.

    Finally a book that argues for real total free speech. As the book explains there is no middle ground in the right for free speech. As soon as you try to limit it even a bit there is no end to it because everything is offensive to someone. I just regret that the style wasn't so great and very repetitive but it was still a great book that all feminazis, black live matters and other pussies should read.

    Good Treatise on Freedom of speechA good, short treatise on freedom of speech. Mr. Hume gives the reader not only reasons why freedom of speech is such a fundamental human right. He gives a brief history of the Freedom of Speech"s development.

    Yeeeeees, I agree with just about everything Mick Hume writes in this book, but does he have to make every point a hundred times?I find it extremely ironic that a book on free speech would have been much improved by a strict editor telling the author to shut the fuck up.

    Isto não tem que ver com liberdade de expressão.Ao ouvir isto, o mais provável é que esteja perante um filme/livro/documentário ou artigo que tenha TUDO que ver com liberdade de expressão. Nunca um tema fez tanto sentido.

    An exceptional and brutal takedown of free speech fraudsters, which sheds light on the disturbing state of the regressive left. As more "safe spaces" pop up on campuses and more speakers are no platformed, this couldn't have come at a better time.

    There isn't much more that I can add about this book that others haven't alredy said. If you know what a trigger warning is and that pisses you off then this book will help you focus your anger with some great examples and agruements against the SJW crowd.

    a great read on an important subjectep it in your shelf for when you have to deal with the professionally ofended "triggered" morons that abound in this day and age.

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