I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about having controversial ideas and Facebook. It is my primary interest in creating this blog post to get the opinions of the other students on this matter. First, I would like to recognize the power that Facebook has for communicating ideas and creating communities of thought. Recently, I have found myself in the position of having to argue for other people’s rights. This has steeped me heavily in a debate over religion and politics. I feel pressed to do the right thing and start harnessing the power of the internet to fight for what the rights of commonly marginalized people, however I feel that there might be serious professional consequences for supporting controversial ideas. Is being politically active on the internet a good or bad idea? A policy for a library institution should avoid too many political ideas because it needs to fair to everyone. However, as an individual shouldn’t I be able to express my opinions and fight for rights beyond what is popular? The ability of an employer to research your private life and regulate your opinions is limiting my right to free speech.
I argue that we should have legislative laws that keep an employer from discrimination based on political ideas. I believe that we need to protect free speech. This is of great importance on the internet. I have a guarantee by the constitution to the right to assemble, the right to choose my own religion and to exercise free speech, but if an employer can research these things and begin discriminating are we not walking into violating these freedoms. I would like to see what you think about these concepts and what you would do. What moral compromises would you make to have a peaceable work place?
Personally, I feel that I have come to the conclusion that all battles are hard. I just have to face that I may have professional consequences to stand up for the civil rights of someone else. That means talking about religion and politics.