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Alan Jones vs Terrorism

October 7, 2012 2 comments

Like most Australians, I don’t really care about what Alan Jones says, nor do I use him as my moral compass. I don’t support his comments made about Julia Gillard and her father, John Gillard, but I do support his freedom to say it. The people who threaten Alan Jones and the companies that advertise on his program have the same philosophy and ideals as terrorists. Extremists. Fanatics blinded by irrational beliefs. These are the type of people, who if not kept in check, will escalate their opinions and beliefs into actual acts of violence. They make threats. They try to enforce their beliefs through threats. If given the chance, they will act on their threats. They are terrorists. Perhaps their extreme methods are watered down, being labelled as “cyber bullies.” In terms of philosophy, they are terrorists.

Companies should not give in to terrorists. I believe companies should support Alan Jones and his freedom to say what he likes. If you don’t like what he says, you are free to not listen. Pulling support and advertising in the wake of threats is a decision that gives power to the terrorists making the threats. Companies should stand strong against these terrorists. They should not pander to threats. They should not support the idea that opinions can be enforced onto others through terrorism. This only encourages more terrorism. I’d be encouraged to buy the products of a company that supports it’s people in any type of hardship, whether it’s from terrorist threats or anything else. I am discouraged to buy products from gutless companies who pander to threats or do not support their people when they need support. It’s easy to pull the pin. It’s much harder to fight and maintain support.

These terrorists, like most other terrorists, are likely to be hypocrites  They have probably enjoyed the entertainment value of a shock jock at some stage. Whether it’s Australian Idol or one of the other mundane spin-offs or some sort of radio program. Whether with or without Kyle Sandilands, many programs use this device to garner an audience. It’s entertaining. It’s a ploy to get attention. It’s controversial and sparks discussion and interest  People watch it, and in doing so support it. Watching or listening to a show containing this style of entertainment device is a vote in its approval. Part of the risk of this type of ploy is that sometimes some people will be offended. It’s part of the game. It’s unavoidable. Watching or listening to a shock jock is accepting and supporting the fact that occasionally some people will be offended. To be critical and withdraw your support when an unfavourable circumstance arises from a device that you originally supported is hypocritical.

I’ve never listened to Alan Jones’ show. Since I’m strongly against terrorism and hypocrisy  I might start listening now. I want to demonstrate my support for freedom and the right to live in a world where you are not threatened by hypocrites who believe something different to you. Also the show is commercial free now. Bonus.

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