Censorship and Vulgar Language|
I have some comments about Ibrahim Ighneiwa's last note concerning the
censorship of this page. First, in principle, Ighneiwa has the right to do
whatever he wants to do with his page. Second, in terms of word usage, some
limitations/guidelines have to be used on this page, otherwise the hired
mouthpieces of the Libyan regime would waste no time in ruining this page as
they did with other Libyan sites. If given the chance they would change this
site to a porno site just to discredit it and discredit the people who post
here. Third, when I mentioned limitations/guidelines/censorship, I didn't
mean censorship on ideas, but rather on vulgar language. And, by vulgar I
mean terms that are morally offensive, profanely indecent, or obscene to
most people. I believe that we all can communicate with each other without
the need to such language.
I agree with Ezzwari in the sense that people should write about what they
feel like writing, but at the same time, I disagree with him in the sense
that vulgarity is vulgarity and there is no such thing as what u deem
vulgar, someone else doesn't. Yes, there is a gray area, especially when we
are dealing with dialects of different parts of Libya. We will come across
some terms that could be considered inappropriate to some but regarded as
appropriate to others. But, how often do we come across those terms and how
often do we use them?
There is a wide spectrum of Arabic vocabulary that most of us on this page
agree on its appropriateness. We have demonstrated that over a long period
of time, especially since the conception of this page. Therefore, I am for
censoring the page as far as vulgar terms are used, but definitely not on
the person's ideology whether that person is with/against Gaddafi/current
system of Libya. I always stress on what's important and that's what we
write about, but how we write it, in terms of word usage, it should always
be kept in the mainstream of what "most" of us consider "appropriate."
Many well-established news agencies on line such as ABC, CBS, CNN,
deem appropriate or not for their sites. It is the norm with most news
agencies/media in general. Censorship on vulgar terms is one of the ways to
keep this page alive, decent, and respected by most of its readers.
P.S. To Ezzwari, I hope you reconsider your decision about posting. Even
though I disagree with some of your views, your input is still much
appreciated. For one, I would like to see your contribution continued.