Hate Colored Glasses

Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@gambetta.ICS.uci.edu)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 10:43:15 -0800

This has always been a tough question. What exactly
qualifies as hate speech and who gets to decide. The ADL
has resolved to take it on themselves and decide for you.
They not only wish to impose their social opinions, but
their economic ones as well. They list www.heritage.org
as a hate site. I've always found it an excellent place
for reasoned research into the social and economic effects
of government policy. Maybe I am just filtering the
hate out with my rose-colored glasses. Similar to
how anything involving race, not just racial discrimination,
is now called 'racist', I think that anything that deals
with a touchy topic will now be called 'hatelful'.

I think this is similar to Searle's Chinese room paradox.
How can you truly infer meaning and semantics from the syntax
and grammar?



Filtering hate: So far, most of the Net filters
that have been created have been targeted to
parents worried about their children creeping
or stumbling into pornography sites. Now the
Anti-Defamation League and the makers of
Cyber Patrol plan to develop a filter to screen
out hate sites.