Snarky But He’s Got a Point

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

–Soren Kierkegaard

When I go work out at the gym, if it’s late afternoon, I am treated to televisions featuring Dr. Phil, Montel, etc. interviewing people about sordid things, or else a “Judge Judy” type of show demonstrating how people don’t handle conflicts well. I am simultaneously fascinated and appalled by these shows. Usually I listen to NPR on my Walkman, but sometimes I can’t help watching the show and reading the captions.

Another reason this quote captured my attention pertains to my viewing of Jarhead. In one part the troops are told that the media will be interviewing them, and their commander tells them explicitly what they may and may not say. One soldier asserts that this isn’t right, they’re being censored, that he signed up to defend a freedom he’s being denied. The response from his leader is (paraphrased): “When you joined the Marines, you gave up that right.” This was the first Gulf war in 1990-91. Even placing a call to a loved one in the states was difficult. How things have changed since the creation of email and blogging!

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2 Comments on “Snarky But He’s Got a Point”

  1. Fran aka Redondowriter Says:

    I just watched Wind Talker on the History channel with a documentary of the Navajo code talkers afterwards. Marines back in WW II sure gave up their rights, too, but let’s hope it’s not all Semper Fi. War, damn it. What a waste.

  2. tarakuanyin Says:

    Yeah, and the govmt. isn ‘t happy about it. See http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3867981 and http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/us-military-worried-by-soldiers-blogs/2005/12/27/1135445571736.html