Yesterday I posted my outrage about a poll that appeared on Facebook
asking if President Obama should be killed. Yesterday, I wondered how
we should balance our needs for civility against the equally pressing
need for everyone to have access to this kind of vehicle for expression
Then I received an email in response, which from its tone, defiant and yet defensive, appears to be from the author of the poll. And today I wonder about the wisdom of my equanimity, and the extent to which we can tolerate incitement to violence in a free and peaceful society, online or otherwise.
(Please note that Facebook issued a statement saying that the application used to create the poll was suspended as soon as the poll was brought to its attention. A spokeswoman also told me that Facebook is cooperating with the Secret Service.)
To read more, please see Defending Our Ethos On Facebook on my Digital Life blog at InformationWeek.