My previous post on the verdict on the subject case was posted as “Awan Laeng” which is actually an off-topic of what my blog is supposed to be known – Ilocos and Travel. I never anticipated (more) comments (and quite lengthy at that!) for the convicted Daniel Smith. The same thing happened in the Youtube Video.
I never opened my blog after such post because I was presuming there were no comments to answer as what usually happens when I post on such category. After reading all the comments, however, I decided to bleep some words at my discretion. I believe that some were not necessary and they are so blunt and vulgar so I moderated the comments, in the meantime. To avoid further publication of words which in usual publication practice (even if I did not have formal education is mass media) may not even be allowed, I have to subject the comments for approval.
As a Blogger, I thought I was responsible if the comments are going out of proportions so I took the liberty of self-censorship. I fully understand the concept of freedom of expression as I was taught in school. Freedom of expression is not even absolute. It has its own limitations and when it goes overboard, it reflects the Blog which carries such comments and not to the Commentators who usually have undisclosed identities. In the end, it is the Blog that have to take full responsibility of whatever appears therein and it is at this juncture that I step-up and regulate. BKS supports freedom of expression; it supports valid causes, but discourages ‘cyber-wars’ by using uncalled words and terms with the intention to bash each other. BKS encourages participation and discussion, but let us all be more discerning – we can make a point better in that way!
In the comments on my Subic Rape Case post, almost 99% are pro-Daniel and the remaining is for Nicole. That may not truly reflect what really is but it made me realized that even the convicted can get some support. You are free to express your support and opinions, either for Nicole or Daniel here at BKS, but c’mon guyz, let us try to be more civil in our comments.
Lastly, as what I deduced from the comments, Nicole have been described and alluded to in the most negative way possible by so many words which really hurts. For Daniel Smith, I have yet to discover why he gets support locally, aside from the fact that most commentators, especially in the Youtube Video are mere ‘fans!’