A US Senator from Florida was recently ousted for reportedly referring to colleagues by using the n-word to describe them. A representative for Senator Artiles claims that other Senators use similar language and, thus, Artiles should not have to face an investigation on the Senate floor. Majority leader Mitch McConnell cited a decorum rule prohibiting Elizabeth Warren from reading a letter from Coretta Scott King about AG Sessions during his confirmation hearing, as the rule states senators cannot disparage one another on the floor. We at honest action believe these rules should be revised to include disparaging speech off the floor as well.
UC Berkley has canceled a scheduled appearance by conservative pundit, Ann Coulter. This is another lecture by a conservative to be canceled at the university amid safety concerns. Some people are viewing the cancellation as an abridgment of free speech citing that a democrat wouldn’t have been canceled on. Here at Honest Action, we believe the cancellation justified as it was not motivated by party but by safety concerns for the general public.
This post is self-explanatory, but accurately depicts how we feel about free speech and hate speech here at Honest Action. This is one of the distinctions that must be made because it hurts the society and separates people.
Grammy award winner and musical icon, Beyoncé Knowles is constantly being photo shopped by cosmetic brands for her skin to be made to appear lighter. This further contributes to the notion that lighter skin is more socially accepted and more attracted to audiences. This is also offensive to women of color and makes it difficult to support the beauty industry that excludes a variety of shades and lack diversity. Here at Honest Action we see no integrity in such actions.
Virtual reality is the next great technological advancement. Consumers will soon be immersed in worlds of unbounded possibility. Consequently, with such potential comes extreme risk. Allowing consumers to indulge every fantasy they might have within virtual reality may be harmless in the real world but it could be extremely detrimental to the individual consumer.
There are conflicting reports about the true effects of violence in video games and other media translating to exacerbating violent tendencies in players and consumers. However, the psychologists Craig Anderson at Iowa State University and Wayne Warburton at Macquarie University in Sydney have found
“The repeated actions, interactivity, assuming the position of the aggressor, and the lack of negative consequences for violence, are all aspects of the gaming experience that amplify aggressive behavior.” This research focused on traditional video games. The total immersion virtual reality allows for will only strengthen the identification and bond between game player and in game actions.
There is research suggesting that humans are susceptible to deception about their own bodies. In one study a blindfolded participant stroked a rubber hand while being told they were stroking their own other hand when, in actuality, the researcher was stroking the subjects real hand. The subject reported, and magnetic imaging of the brain corroborated, that the subject believed they were touching themselves. This was dubbed the “rubber-hand illusion” by the researchers. Anecdotally, Raymond Wong, a writer for mashable.com, tested virtual reality pornography and felt at one point “a male porn star who was thrusting into ‘me’ was so up in my personal space, I swear I smelled his armpits. There wasn’t, of course, any smell.”
Virtual reality is also expected to be a harbinger for new and more advanced kinds of pornography. Naughty America is on the forefront of this new trend. As of January 2016, Naughty America had twelve virtual reality porn videos with plans to produce at least “one to two new VR porn videos every week”, according to Ian Paul, the chief information officer of Naughty America.
Porn addiction is currently not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Despite no official recognition by the DSM, according to techaddiction.ca, “56% of divorce cases involved one person having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.” Additionally, porn uses report severe clinical depression twice as frequently as non-porn users.
Advancing technology is inevitable. From the radio to the television to the Internet, entertainment in all its forms is constantly evolving. Virtual reality is the next evolutionary step. While this is a natural evolution, people must be wary of the effects it can have on individuals. We don’t yet know how the immersive nature of virtual reality will affect individuals. Due to this lack of information, potentially harmful activities such as violence and pornography should be restricted on virtual reality platforms. There will undoubtedly be consumer demand for these activities in the virtual reality platform and in a capitalist society, it is unrealistic that they will be totally nonexistent, so we at Honest Action posit that an age limit of 21 be imposed on these potentially harmful behavioral simulators.
When it comes to Photoshopping; the media is no stranger to its deceptive nature. These days, Photoshopping is not only limited to your favorite magazine. According to Beauty Redefined, “It’s TV. It’s video. It’s your favorite brand online. It’s everywhere.” With the constant flow of images and video streaming nationally through the media, you can only imagine the effect it has on its viewers. This is because most images and visuals that are being put out into magazines, commercials and videos are not informing the audience of the amount of work each photo had done in order to reach ideal “perfection”. This in turn causes major self esteem issues for not only the consumers, but young adolescents who may not know about Photoshopping and its deception. These projections of the perfect “ideal image” creates a warped perspective on how you view yourself and what you should look like.
This is why us at Honest Action believe that the media should be putting some type of regulation on Photoshopping. Regulations such as policies being put into place to require major companies to have to inform its viewers that their images have been digitally modified. Some proposals have been made in the past such as the “Truth in Advertising Act of 2014” according to IBTimes. This was a proposed bill that would try to reduce the use of photoshopped images in advertisements and media. We believe this will encourage companies to limit or stop editing their content in order to maintain positive brand image. According to Beauty Redefined, “The AMA currently adopted a new policy to encourage advertising associations to work with public and private sector organizations concerned with child and adolescent health to develop guidelines for advertisements, especially those appearing in teen-oriented publications, that would discourage the altering of photographs in a manner that could promote unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image.” So as you can see, there is some reform at work, but more awareness needs to be made and more regulations need to be enforced
This article posits that hate speech should be outlawed in the context of free speech. We agree with this characterization for a number of reasons.
- The majority of people making the decisions about what constitutes acceptable free speech are of the same ethnicity, white, and as such they are unaware of the ripple effect and defamation that can be caused by the speech of others.
- The inherent privilege granted by the bill of rights for free speech came at a time where everyone’s speech wasn’t that visible whereas now; everything anyone puts online can be seen by anyone.