Institutional Via Internet

Concept of institutionalized values and institutionalization processes, developed in Organizational Behaviour. A explanation or justification for conformity, at least in appearance. Issue now being how institutionalized values might change, over time. What was once unacceptable discourse, resulting in loss of economic and social benefits, now being met with greater acceptance, amidst resistance.

The ability to express oneself, in identified or unidentified form, or in fabricated form, in ways that previously would be regarded as socially revolting, if not criminal.

Syria is one country long identified as one where antisemitism is institutionalized. The evidence of the process of institutionalization, and the evidence of institutionalized values, are found in what is acceptable media commentary in Syria. Don’t know how this plays out in other Arab countries. Wonder how this impacts someone fleeing the country for another, where antisemitism is not tolerated, if not criminalized.

Institutionalization being a function of degree of government intervention or non-ingtervention. With the internet, general view seems to be that restrictions on expression should be few. Yet access to websites involving child pornography are both restricted and criminalized in Canada, and elsewhere. China regularly restricts access to websites considered to be threats to the government’s perception of social order.

Would seem that a government concerned about the promotion of religious-based hatred should similarly intervene, including applying hate crime laws against those who originate or permit access to such websites. On the one side, one might reflect on Bare Naked Islam (“It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you”). On another side is Radio Islam (“Join the struggle against Jewish racism and domination!”). At some point, it is incumbent on governments to intervene, by way of delineating discourse which is criminal and prosecuting those who disseminate it. And, like child pornography, prohibiting and criminalizing access to it.

Otherwise, we regress to the times of Julius Streicher and Der Stürmer.

If one is reading this every day:

And if one sees how Der Sturmer has been adopted today…

Without a link

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