When your choice of whom to vote for, or your views on the issues of the day, can bring down the wrath of activists not just via various social media, your own accounts and others, but outside your doorstep, or that of your day job, or even lose you your job, do you keep your views private or as private as you can, or do you not let yourself be intimidated and stressed by what others think?
Do authors’ identities a) matter and b) belong to the world?
These questions of censorship and self-censorship, and free speech, were recently discussed in 2 interesting essays by Jael McHenry on the website Writer Unboxed:
These issues, while more important in the Internet Age, have been part of life since the Reagan Years and centuries before then.
One question Jael asks is this: "as both consumers and makers of art, authors have to wonder: should I express myself fully, including my political views, on social media? Or does that mean losing readers?"
I have some thoughts on this I want to share...