ON THE FRINGES

Posted by | September 10, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

There always were, and there always will be, people on the fringes and extremist points of view. In the past, we were largely exposed to them through the performance work of Eric Bogosian and Whoopi Goldberg. Sadly, the Web—from Twitter to Facebook to YouTube—now provides a broader platform for even the most extreme racism, sexism, homophobia, Nazi glorification, etc., etc. We understand the democratic appeal of S.G. Tallentyre’s quote, “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (wrongly attributed to Voltaire), however, we still grit our teeth when bizarre or ugly views slip into the mainstream. They often get a disproportionate amount of attention. How do you process and deal with this kind of hyperbolic content?

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