January 7th 2015 will be remembered as the day in Paris where two gunmen shouting religious slogans killed eight staff members of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, as well as two bystanders and police officers. Within hours, Je Suis Charlie, became the slogan in support of the murdered journalists. It spread around the world
Late in the evening, still wrestling with the news of dreadful carnage I turned first to BBC’s Newsnight and later to the views expressed in the Social Media.
Harrowing scenes from Paris dominated the BBS’s Newsnight programme, with a serious discussion of the political issues behind the all-too human pain and anger over the atrocity. Perhaps too narrow a band of participating voices? The programme uneasily admitted to the difficult decision whether it should show the cartoons from Charlie Hebdo that had brought down on it cold-blooded murder of its cartoonists.
The Social media debate
It was the intensity and variety of the Twitter stream that jerked me out of a state of numbness. What are you feeling? What can you share? I forced myself to ask.
Tweets were being generated moment by moment. I began to see my dilemma. I shared the expressions of revulsion being expressed. I marveled at the creation of social cohesion captured in Je suis Charlie. If you are against everything symbolized by the acts of the assassins, surely you must be as utterly committed to supporting the principles symbolized by Charlie Hebdo?
Bill Maher @billmaher Jan 7
Condemning attack is not enuf: unless U strongly endorse the right of anyone to make fun of any religion/prophet, U r not a moderate Muslim
Tudor Rickards @Tudortweet
@billmaher however, the right to make fun of anyone is not of itself something I “strongly support” as a guiding moral principle.
trianglman @trianglman Jan 7 responding to Bill Maher
It’s never appropriate to be a dick. Asking people to not only condone dickishness, but endorse it is ridiculous.
PM @StLFullORacists Jan 7 responding to Bill Maher and trianglman
@trianglman @billmaher Don’t think he’s condoning being a dick (maybe), rather endorsing the right to be a dick w/o getting killed.
Tudor Rickards @Tudortweet responding to trianglman
@StLFullORacists @trianglman @billmaher think you got deeper than most here. Wisdom not correlated with number of followers.
Tudor Rickards @Tudortweet attempting to resolve personal dilemmas
Je suis Charlie. of course, today. Then, later see how Not in my name is stronger for tomorrow.
January 8th 2014
The Trump Card
From America, Donald Trump opined that the journalists would have had a better chance of surviving if there were more legal guns available in France. Although Trump was widely described as moronic, it seems his view also received support from Americans calling for him to stand as President
A further atrocity is linked to the attack. After three days of intense search, two inter-related sieges end in further bloodshed
World-wide support for Charlie Hebdo in largest demonstration in nation’s history in Paris
Sympathy and financial support for Charlie Hebdo as first edition of magazine is published after the attack.