Warning to writers, bloggers and rappers
- Right to “freedom of speech”
- Encouraging certain types of behaviors
- How your words are taken…
- Extended to anyone who writes…
Warning to writers, bloggers and rappers. Soon the prisons will be filled up with writers, bloggers, and rappers since the laws in many states are changing.
Recently a rapper in San Diego has been put on trial for his encouragement in his lyrics to incite gun and gang violence. While he claims his right to “freedom of speech” the laws have changed in California that state anyone who benefits monetarily from their actions, writing, or performances that encourage crime or violence has broken the law.
He is now facing nine counts of encouraging gang and gun violence and is facing a possible 25 years to life sentence. What will this do to the rap music business, or a blogger, or a reporter who writes about encouraging certain types of behaviors?
You may claim, freedom of speech, but this new law is a way to get around that. Therefore, if you write, blog, or rap and get paid for it, you are now treading a fine line of distinction of how your words are taken and what type of criminal behavior they may encourage.
Soon these same types of laws will be extended to anyone who writes, blogs, or sings about being against the government. Once you are earning money from your writings or performances you will not be able to say anything contrary to the government.
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That you may think you have freedom of speech and other freedoms but you don’t.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because, as you see your freedoms being taken away, you begin to realize that they were not freedoms in the first place; they were privileges that are being revoked.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: Be careful of what you say and, if you wish to be controversial, you better not be getting paid for it.
COMMENTARY: The new laws in California are just the beginning. They are starting with the rappers because they send the most dangerous messages to society. People have been aware of this for a long time. However, this first step sets a precedent. These laws will creep into mainstream expression. It will consistently move into your freedoms (privileges) while you are distracted by more pressing issues.