Shouting Fire was interesting. It brings up so many important factors that everyday U.S. citizens deal with. Having heard of this documentary prior I was happy to finally get a chance to sit down and watch all five parts featured by HBO.
The United States of America represents freedom. It is what our “four fathers” made a whole big thing about right? No matter what written document someone would prove to me, I still never really felt that was towards me. Granted I have only lived in this country for my entire twenty one years, I would not trade it for nothing. The point is “Freedom of Speech” is like a twisted myth!
Even in this documentary they prove it, screaming fire in a crowd, is that not just speaking freely? Wait it is dangerous so now I get in trouble? Of course I would be super mad if I was in a classroom and some person decided to scream FIRE and of course there is no fire because I could had been that girl who just had a heart attack right there!
The point is that the document I felt was trying to prove was, when does freedom of speech go too far? Better yet when does the consequence come from utilizing your free right as an American citizen? Any person with common sense knows how foolish the first amendment is when expressing your born right. Oh wait so this means I can say racist comments and not get in trouble for it? Not in reality obviously, so when is freedom of speech on my side?
I love my first amendment. As an American citizen I do want to be able to say what I want, do what I want, and practice what I want without having to sneak or live this double life like many people across the world have to go through. It is just weird how laws, rules work. I mean would never want someone to disrespect me and get away with it regardless of their right I am a person too. Right there is where the contradiction begins.