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Is anyone else concerned about the erosion of our right to disagree, not to join, to be “different”, to say “no”? We talk quite a lot about diversity, and yet these rights, critical to the existence of “diversity”, are hardly considered. Instead we are swamped and carried away in the tsunami of insistence that we conform to the opinion and actions of the current loudest voice.
Is it that in a global population of 7 billion people we can no longer afford the luxury of diversity, but must be socially engineered to become as homogenous as possible?
Rights are strange things. If you lose them they drop clear off the radar. They don’t hang around waiting for you to find them again. And you must continue to claim them, like the “rights of way” in England – if no one uses the pathway it can be closed to future users. If the pathway is once closed then it would take a long hard fight to re-establish it – as a right.
In this context it may be instructive to have another closer look at the “Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy” project. Is anything happening to our right to think in different terms?