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Stephen Downes

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I just want to point out that while this article depicts the 'culture wars' as a battle between 'freedom of expression' versus 'freedom from harm', this is very much a misrepresentation. In fact, both sides have very distinct things they want to be allowed to express, and they both have very distinct harms they wish to reduce. And when people argue (say) that universities should support 'freedom of expression' what they mean is that 'universities should say (or allow to be said) these things' and when they argue that universities are are biased or prejudiced they are saying 'universities should not do those things'. It's not about freedom of expression, it's about what kinds of expression are allowed, and it's not about freedom from harm, it's about what kinds of harm are tolerable. Why would WonkHE misrepresent it this way? You tell me.

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