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  • Writer's pictureHannah Telluselle

Who is in charge of our words?

While the narrative seems to be quite the buzzword, it also embraces the current state of our time - a dissemination of the white male patriarchy that has dominated society for hundreds of years. When underprivileged groups or other discriminated persons give voice to their frustration and concerns, it's more than likely they will be met by resistance of that same white male dominance. It's a battle of power, based on fear of losing one's income and above all - status. This resistance in turn can become turned into white supremacist opinions and white supremacist-based actions. It's therefore important to recognize that the change must come from within that same white male structure learning to invite and value minorities.

The foundation for this struggle seems to have emerged through social media. But curbing dissent, whether it comes from either wing of fringes, doesn't solve anything and rather just become more fuel for hate.

I wish there would be some more firm ground rules, such as:

* Always use one's own real name, or remain in famous diseased, or made up, character, when commenting

* Categorize the profiles more visibly, whether they're personal, professional, business, organization or party

* Differentiate news from propaganda and opinions more clearly - perhaps even refuse journalists to have their own profiles and instead keep it to be profiles for the specific news outlet and/or its channels. News should be about what is happening in society, not about the anchors or reporters. They should serve the outlets and not themselves

* Make an emergency status profile for those in need of cover in wars and oppression, such as for people in Ukraine and Iran, to be able to report directly from the street, with a verified identity to the social media platform, but not needing to go public with one's identity

* Clarify which laws regulate the content - the country in which hosts the platform or the country of the user?

* Free speech on all platforms without any exceptions - any threat or harm should be reported to law enforcement but still be kept visible

I've been both hated with hundreds of negative comments in 2007 when I had performed on a TV-show, enough for me to ask YouTube to remove the clip, which they did.

I've been stalked for almost as many years, which made me feel stifled and scared, and needing to change what I shared and how.

I've also been accused of threatening someone by email, which I've admitted, but as a reaction to years of provocations through libel, which I've shown, but was never tried. Instead, it seems like I've been gaslit.

I like having my online profiles look a certain way that reflects the true essence of who I am and what I like. Sometimes, I feel the need to react, or I see ways that I can improve my content, so I do and change it. What's on my pages and profiles can always be discussed, but only determined by me. I own the story about me.

The more we discuss things openly, the less power will darkness have over us. What we give energy to, increases. What do you think?

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