April 16, 2015
C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University
55 Temple Street Boston, MA 02114
The online world grapples daily with the struggle between freedom of expression and the right to privacy with one's internet presence, particularly in comment sections of popular blogs. Nearly all internet comments are allowed to be anonymous but many people regularly take advantage of that with shockingly abusive comments. Does the American public deserve online privacy? Does the current environment have a chilling effect on others' freedom of speech? Can journalists be expected to take this abuse as part of their jobs, day in and day out? And short of compulsory identity verification, is there something we can do to mitigate the ill effects of this sociological phenomenon?