Things are different than they used to be. We all know the feeling of dread when posting or talking about something controversial, and this dread has silenced us. It's not censorship. The government isn't doing it. We are. To ourselves. Across business, education, politics, and entertainment.
A wonderfully refreshing and strikingly audacious film. As a college student and an American I found this film to be among the most culturally relevant and unabashedly honest documentaries I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The latter half stuck particularly close to home for me as I have often felt stifled by ideologically driven professors, particularly English and humanities professors. The vast majority of whom WILL grade you FAR more harshly, regardless of the quality of your writing, if you even softly challenge their unabashedly obvious and pernicious biases. I have completed two semesters of English, in the first I was honest in my writings and received a C, in the second I mirrored the professor's opinions and received an A. This is not how a healthy academic environment should function.
A good film filled with wonderful moments; I'm 70, and grew up in a liberal home, but am conservative by temperament, so most of the ideas expressed are not new, but are being expressed from the point of view of the right, rather than the left; the truths are the same truths from the 50's and 60's, but you have to live through them to know that; young people should view this, but probably will not; we oldsters will smile and nod, and remark that they're preaching to the choir;
Watch as people in all areas where free speech should be common place tell the harrowing tales of what happens when they"step out of line." The autism doctor is especially troubling given the severity of the consequences of being silenced.
Interesting and varied perspectives from people in the areas of science; comedy; journalism, social media, the arts, etc. on how limited/censored speech impacts them and generally is detrimental to the fabric of our society. Dershowitz was brilliant addressing the issue of free speech in the university setting and for that reason alone this should be a required watch for all college age students. Obviously the atmosphere of most colleges today needs to change and this would certainly be a step in the right direction.
I think this move able to show the deepest hole we falling in as a society - self censoring, abanding discuttion, comforting ourself with imaginable reality and dreams. To be really free you must be out you comfort zone, defending and testing you ideas with logic and arguments beacause it is the only way to make it right on you own and not be a slave of indoctrination
I love the way this was done. The writer/director did not set out to 'make a point' like most modern 'documentaries'. They presented free speech, simply, free speech. Depending on the VIEWER, The people speaking were delusional, right, or a 'WTF' moment. But you know what? The viewer didn't die, even if he/she was offended in spots and cheered in others. It was simply about people speaking of what they know and believe. They were not intentionally attacking anyone. I am glad, however, they pointed the finger at universities. I'm white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and I feel safer in a ghetto than on a university campus in America. This was all calculated, and I think a good majority realize that now, but they're too scared to stick their neck out to fix it. The Thumb-Sucker generation will never value free speech, but their grandchildren will...if they have grandchildren. Do not expect protection or common sense from the masses, anymore. I have had students in classes tell me that they completely supported "euthanizing" the elderly, in the interest of helping the economy. Unfortunately, that is not a joke, and none of them had even a twinge that something they said might be considered 'wrong'. These are the exact same people holding up "Love" and "Free Hugs" signs. These people have already won. Right now, every day, people are being "culled" in the healthcare system. A man in my neighborhood was denied cancer treatment, because he was too old. He contacted his senator, but gave up after that. Injured soldiers and veterans are being killed off by the thousands. This is INTENTIONAL MURDER, excused off for financial, environmental, or 'compassion' reasons. That sweet kid who mows your lawn, delivers your mail, hooks up your cable, checks your electric meter? They have been conditioned to accept things that would curl your hair as NECESSARY, just like you see that killing animals to eat is necessary. (It isn't either, by the way.) They are not 'bad' or 'evil' people, but they are dangerous, and trying to reason with them is pointless. You may think that vegetarians are wackos, because they don't agree with you, but these young people fully believe that people who don't agree with them should be CULLED from the population, killed, murdered, humanely scrubbed from society. Just like in Nazi Germany, they will carry your groceries inside with a genuine smile (not faking), but turn you over to authorities to be exterminated because you told them to clean their room. They are the Trojan horse. This system did not survive long for the elite, but now it is global. The global government, police force, etc is already in place. Full and total control of the U.S. has already been signed over to the United Nations and Obama signed control of the internet to the UN. I have to do a massive amount of research for my books, and I noticed the change instantly. The things I used to find were not turning up in search engines - any of them. I doubt that the average person would have noticed, although, a lot of people complained on Fakebook about their posts being hidden from their news feeds. If you are unsure of what to do in this new environment, you might want to spend some time researching abusive behavior. Abusers all behave the same way and are looking for the same reactions to get off on. Look at domestic violence books, written by women telling their stories. A submissive response to an abuser is the worst thing you could possibly do, and almost of guarantee of being attacked. Also, throw out this idea of 'good and evil'. Why? Because if that is all you are looking for, you'll miss the danger signs in time to save yourself. To your friends, you are a wonderful person because you host cookouts every weekend, and you make sure that everyone has so much fun. To an animal watching you cook the slaughtered flesh on your grill, you are a sadistic son-of-a-b****. You will roll your eyes, because the notion of comparing the murder of a human to the murder of an animal is absolutely preposterous - TO YOU. It's no big deal to you, because everyone does it. That isn't exactly true, is it? Everyone does not do it, which is why you have people to hate that don't think like you. The only difference is, you have been taught that it is wrong to kill them. Well, there are now two to three generations coming up the pipeline that are being taught that it is okay to kill people who don't agree with them, or turn them over to authorities who will kill them. They do not see it as wrong, because all their peers feel the same way. When you roll your eyes at hearing a vegan demanding rights for animals, know that this is EXACTLY how these Thumb-Suckers feel about you exercising your rights. They are becoming your doctors, your bosses, your media, everywhere that impacts your life. This isn't a warning. You didn't care about your freedoms, so you allowed them to be stolen. You attacked the people who did care, calling them "conspiracy theorists" and passing fake-laws against them (a real law goes through Congress, remember?). I'm saying that keeping your mouth shut and hiding in a corner will not save you from them. This film shows that many people have different opinions, and that is a good thing. Censorship, on the other hand, has produced a violent, mindless mob mentality. This documentary lets you make up your own mind about what is right for you, and also reminds you that you were ALLOWED to make up your own mind. Perhaps, that freedom should matter to you.