The believe that we are so used to this

The phrase that states that people
are getting dumber as the phones are getting smarter is not new to any of us.
In fact, I believe that we are so used to this saying that we became passive
towards it. Passive. Like we became passive to all other brutal things that are
happening in the world. This got me to question our emotional intelligence. Are
people getting emotionally dumber as well?

During the past few years we found
ourselves surrounded by the rise of what is known as ‘Memes’ This word was extracted from the 1976 Richard Dakin’s book
‘The Selfish Game’. He uses this term to explain how cultural information
spreads. Today a ‘Meme’ is a humours
concept in which people use captioned images, intended to be funny. The problem
arises when these captions start becoming inhumane, insensitive towards the
history of minorities and the present current issues. The influence of memes in
today’s social media is one that we can’t ignore. The growth in popularity of
dark humour lead psychologist to discuss the mental effects of these trends and
some referred to Sigmund Freud’s theories. Indeed, the father of psychoanalysis,
argued that gallows humour is a mechanism used to prevent the damage of one’s ego.

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“The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let
itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the
traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more
than occasions for it to gain pleasure.”

 Sigmund Freud, ‘Humour’ 1927

But is this a valid reason to use hateful articulation? Protecting one’s
ego by possibly damaging another person’s emotions. Most defenders of freedom
of speech think that the ones in favour of ‘responsible’ free speech are
violating people from the basic idea of it and fail to understand the right of
free expression . Furthermore, Immanuel Kant himself described freedom of
speech as the least destructive form of freedom. The Kantian philosophy is one
that on the whole evolves around the idea of ‘Duty’ and moreover he argues that people in authority should not
keep themselves back from expressing their opinions as it is their duty to use
their own ideas for the good of the people. Additionally, Kant’s ethics also
mentions the concept what is known as a ‘Maxim’.
Therefore, one could argue that if th media exposes offensive
significance, that could potentially endanger others, it would then be a
collective moral duty to suppress or censor that material. This taken into account,
the Deontological argument can limit us from voicing our views as one’s moral
obligations should be taken as priority over anything else, which therefore
reflects that suppression of articulation is necessary for protection. Such
concept is reflected in various articles of the various laws globally, a
particular example could be taken from the European
Convention of Human Rights 1998. Article 10 states that everyone has
the right to freedom of expression but is restricted to ensure the protection.

” The exercise of these freedoms, since
it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such
formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and
are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security,
territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or
crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the
reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information
received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of
the judiciary.”

-The ‘European Convention on Human Rights’:
Article 10, Freedom of Expression