Land of the shut-your-mouth

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I’m so confused!

On one hand, I deplore the racist words said by Donald Sterling.

On the other, I believe people have the right to say whatever they want in private conversation, no matter how stupid or uncool. After all, a private conversation is meant to be just that, private.

(And who among us hasn’t said a few idiotic comments that we’d rather not have publicized? Especially in the midst of an argument.)

I’d like to know when it became acceptable to tape a private conversation and put it out there for all the world to hear. It happens so often nowadays that I’m beginning to wonder if we’ve been infected with a strange lack-of-commensense virus.

Eek! I can see it now. It’s the aliens. They caused this epidemic of taping and posting. They’re just waiting for us to create rifts so huge and so wide that we’ll never be able to work together again, and then they’ll swoop in and take over the world.

Well played, aliens. Smart of you to use our own technology against us.

Anyway…

Whatever the reason, there seems to be no such thing as privacy left in the world. Or freedom of speech.

And here I thought I lived in the Land of the Free, not the Land of the Shut-Your-Mouth.

What do you think?