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Free Speech, Language, Communication

On the need for anti-harrassment laws on social media (UK) …

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/18/free-speech-online-creeps-cyberbullying-laws?CMP=fb_us 

 

On insults and insulting language in the media …

http://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2014/apr/25/mind-your-language-insults#

 

On engagement in the digital age (Singapore) …

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/06/engaging-with-the-digital-age-and-its-real-victims/

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/06/when-online-behaviour-crosses-the-line/

 

On the extent of freedom on the internet (Singapore) …

There is enough freedom for accomplished writer Catherine Lim to air her views :  http://catherinelim.sg/2014/06/07/an-open-letter-to-the-prime-minster/

There is enough for us to get a glimpse of life under ISA detention from former detainees, too :
http://singaporerebel.blogspot.sg/2010/05/23-years-after-operation-spectrum-ex.html

(These perspectives have value, no matter how uncomfortable these may be to some readers)

 

On using language to shape identity …

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118391/troubling-phrase-moderate-muslims-only-empowers-islamophobes

 

On being clear and direct (Apple & Sg PM) …

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/apple-loses-its-way-with-words-as-gibberish-takes-over-1.1833263

Singapore PM, Mr Lee Hsien Loong wrote on his fb page :

“I circulated this article to my colleagues, to remind ourselves to be simple and direct when we communicate with the public. Whether it is an informal conversation, a speech, or a press statement, say what we mean. Avoid management speak or big words which will not impress anyone. Use simple language which people can understand.

On Facebook I always make my posts as simple and clear as possible. Even then from time to time after something has been posted I notice ways to say it better. Then I will change it, which is why you sometimes see that my posts have been edited after posting. (e.g. this one :))

Ministers and the govt have tried hard to be direct and clear in our comms, but once in a while we still fall short. Perhaps someone can set up a website which collects examples, and help us do better!”

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