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Internet - Freedom of speech's new frontier

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

While the First Amendment has a propensity towards politics, freedom of speech applies to all aspects of our lives. Business takes a big piece of this pie. Today, much of freedom of speech is manifested in the Internet -- everything from blogging to joining forums and community sites to write customer reviews on businesses.

The Internet, above all, is now something we consider as the frontier of freedom of speech. All kinds of people from all walks of life can get online to express themselves. Even though the government has attempted to control freedom of speech online, this is still a work in progress. If, as consumers, we aim to improve the way business is done, we should use our freedom on the Internet wisely. This means providing honest opinions and recounting experiences truthfully. Otherwise, freedom of speech on the Internet, if done wrong, can be nothing more than propaganda much like Hitler's or any other type of mental bullying.

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