Norwegian blogosphere responds to Prime Minister’s New Year’s speech
At Document.no, political commentator Christian Skaug responds to Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Jens Stoltenberg’s New Year’s speech.
Jens Stoltenberg … did not come unexpectedly into the concept of freedom of responsibility in his New Year speech last night. Here he urged people to discuss extremist views on the web:
“Internet at its worst is when totalitarian deceivers will speak unchallenged in the dark corners of the net. We need to meet with resistance. We will drive them out with the light of knowledge. Taking out against extremism is to take responsibility for the future. I encourage everyone to become good digital neighbors. Not to censor opinions or stifle debate. We must accept the unpleasant. What irritate, provoke and even shock. But – we should catch up. We will respond. It is to show freedom’s responsibility to say, ‘No, you’re wrong.’ We do it during lunch at work. Now is the time to also do it online….”
It is not necessary to spend so much effort to find good arguments for why people should not lend an ear to the British National Party or the like. One should ask why a politically relevant number of people doing it despite the obvious good reasons not to. It is a far more difficult exercise, because it will expose how even fail. In order to fashion the appropriate use of neologisms, it shows how to not have to listen responsibility.
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