What Counts as Cyberbullying?
According to four [expletive deleted]s in the New York State Senate (seen via the Volokh Conspiracy):
AND YET, PROPONENTS OF A MORE REFINED FIRST AMENDMENT ARGUE THAT THIS FREEDOM SHOULD BE TREATED NOT AS A RIGHT BUT AS A PRIVILEGE — A SPECIAL ENTITLEMENT GRANTED BY THE STATE ON A CONDITIONAL BASIS THAT CAN BE REVOKED IF IT IS EVER ABUSED OR MALTREATED.Remember, IF IT'S IN ALL-CAPS, IT'S TRUE!
I have a better idea. How about the following principle:
State formation should be treated not as a right but as a privilege — a special entitlement granted by potential rulers, subjects, or citizens on a conditional basis that can be revoked if it is ever abused or maltreated.Yes, I think preventing bullying is an excellent idea. I also think such laws are more likely to be used by bullies against the rest of us.
Meanwhile, could a post like this be cited for violating anti-cyberbullying laws?