So, what can I say and where can I say it?

Anything and anywhere right?

Wikipedia defines freedom of speech as "the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas using one's body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them."

According to United States Law...

Freedom of speech includes the right:

  • Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag). - West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
  • Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”). - Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages. - Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
  • To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns. - Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
  • To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions). - Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
  • To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest). - Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

Freedom of speech does NOT include the right:

  • To incite actions that would harm others (e.g., “[S]hout[ing] ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”). - Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).
  • To make or distribute obscene materials. - Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957).
  • To burn draft cards as an anti-war protest. - United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
  • To permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration. - Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).
  • Of students to make an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event. - Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).
  • Of students to advocate illegal drug use at a school-sponsored event. - Morse v. Frederick, U.S. (2007).

With all of that out of the way, what is freedom of speech, and why is it such an issue?

The big question is how to approach freedom of speech in the internet.

I look at this question by breaking it down even further. First of all, the internet involved the world. United States law does not rule the world. Plain and simple.

Also, the websites people visit are most often private businesses under their home country's law and implementing their own rules of the site. These are the most important thing to be aware of because no matter how much free speech you want to spill out on a site, they can do whatever they want to with that content (including deleting it or selling/sharing it) according to their terms and conditions.

So, be as free as you want to on the internet. I'd just remember these things:

1. You are never anonymous on the internet.

2. You are the subject of whoever owns the site you are on.

3. The internet is full of the free expression of ideas and opinions. Take advantage of that.

I came across a video of computer generated people trying their hardest to get up on a swinging metal fence.  The funniest part is that they can't get back up after they fall.

Check it out.

Click here for the source of the nonsense. 
I feel it is my duty to share how I've been keeping up with this blogging thing.

I feel that there is still something valuable to gain personally, if a blog's views are not necessarily up in the clouds.

Here are some things that keep me sane while working away at the keys:

1. Focus

No matter how much I heard it from other bloggers and YouTubers, I still thought I could post about anything and everything under the sun.  I literally started out posting absolutely every fancy I had and anything that tickled my brain.  That is not fun.

Apart from simply wearing you out from producing content here and there and everywhere, a lack of focus can literally wear your blog thin.  A sentence or a quote can definitely be posted, but if that's all you're doing cause that's all you have to say, just don't say it.  Better yet, go to social media sites like Twitter or Instagram for short and sweet posts.

If your blog is your life, you can link your social media accounts to your blog, to keep things all in one place.  That brings me to my next point.

2. Automation

The most mind easing thing about sharing your posts and getting your friends (and strangers) to read them is automation.  There are plenty of services out there, but I use IFTTT to share everythign I have to my blog, and everything I post on my blog to social media.

For example, Twitter and Instagram seem to be mortal enemies, so I just linked my two accounts and created a "recipe" for all Instagram photos to be posted as native Twitter photos as well.  No more links, no more photo chasing.

Need to share every post on Facebook or just a certain tagged group of posts?  IFTTT can do all of that too.  Here's a link.

3. Organization

There's really no good explanation or list of tips for this one.  If you know that you copy and paste more than a plagiarizing teenager, work in Google Docs.  It helps you recover your work by looking back at the history of edits you've made.  If you have a problem remembering where you saw what or why you have a random link on something, just save your stuff, document your moves, and always work slower than you think you should.  No one is going to troll on a post you never make.  They're more than likely going to hate on some sloppy work.

All in all, your blog is yours to do whatever you want with.  Keep an open mind and understand what publishing your content on the internet means for you and for your viewers.  Cultivate a productive relationship with the world, and you'll be happy you started blogging.  :)
Check out my projects from this summer's production class.

Don't make fun of me.  I'm a beginner.

Looking back at my last year in school, I realize that I wasted a lot of time trying to please the one person who would never make me happy.

Here's a pretty good playlist of stuff that I've changed my perspective on.