Which has primacy?

Freedom of Speech


Autonomy in Commmunication

How do these differ?

What do they comprise of?

What conflicting or intersecting rights exist?

No, I’ve not defined terms. I have definitions in mind, but am also trialing language. The 2nd term is novel and appears not to be in significant use. I’m interested in seeing what others presume the meaning to be.

Boosts appreciated.

#FreeSpeech #AutonomousCommunication


@dredmorbius A very common example teaching the "pragmatics" subdiscipline of linguistics is "I'm cold". At face value it's a declaration of a situation and not an attempt to communicate a request. But if uttered in a room where there's +1 other person(s) and an open window, the same phrase communicates "please close the window". So strongly that if it didn't result in the window getting closed, it'd be perceived as confrontation or rudeness.


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@dredmorbius In similar fashion all we say is a function of the context we speak in. We like to talk of dictionaries and definitions but words are but a bunch of suggestions, which become a stronger suggestion when they're put together. Without factoring in the World and the interlocutor's interpretation, little meaning is present, if any.

In general, free speech absolutists tend to act as if meaning was only a product of construction, and construal had no value. 2/

@dredmorbius But the fact is that we construct messages strategically with construal in mind. We do that when we're sarcastic, ironic, or with many other rhetorical devices we use all day every day, even when talking to ourselves.

In that light I'd argue "speech" is not really a concrete, useful thing or concept to build laws and principles around.

Don't all lives matter? They do. But is that what "All Lives Matter" communicates? Does "speech" apply to the string of the words, or does it 3/

@dredmorbius ... extend to its power to affect the state of the world (illocutionary force) and it's semantic baggage unless one interprets everything based on sense 1 of words in a dictionary?

In any case I find it more opportune to focus on more concrete forms of speech and communication. Freedom to criticise, incitement of violence, fair use, libel, harrassment. These do not suffer from the same level of vagueness the term "speech" does. 4/

@dredmorbius A good yard stick when dicussing something like Trump's saying he'll skip inauguration is Gricean maxims. psychology.wikia.org/wiki/Gric These are assumptions Paul Grice postulated interlocutors share, and we tend to not violate them unless strategically. In Trump's case, is the violation of maxims of quality and relation when he says he'll skip intentional? How does such a violation interact with the context? Is the declaration called for so early and in that climate of violence? 5/

@dredmorbius Autonomy in communication is a term I've never encountered before and frankly I can't really assign a relevant meaning to it in this context. But I'd say no singular concept would help with all issues of speech, censorship, and all the things in that realm.

No kitchen is complete with only a chef's knife, nameen. Whether Japanese or Western :)


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