The Essentials of Hate Speech

Neshkovska, Silvana (2017) The Essentials of Hate Speech. IJET Teacher, 14. pp. 71-79. ISSN 1857-8888

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In times of huge political, social, economic and religious turmoil, the world increasingly
witnesses a rise in language usage for the purposes of humiliating, dehumanizing and
defaming non-likeminded individuals or groups of individuals. The distinguishing feature of
this inflammatory rhetoric, also widely known as hate speech, seems to be its ability to spread
with the speed of light, infecting societies with intolerance, hatred and aggressive behavior,
which, in turn, very often translates into personal tragedies and mass atrocities.
Social media like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and many others, definitely play a critical role
in disseminating hate speech. The platforms that they provide for their users worldwide are
utilized by various parties ranging from high-ranking individuals (e.g. politicians, government
officials, journalists, distinguished public figures), to ordinary people from all walks of life,
who in their urge to voice their dissent, resort to launching vicious, “virtual” attacks at their
Given the “power” of hate speech and its potentially far-reaching repercussions, the aim of
this paper is to approach and shed light on some of the essentials at the core of this
phenomenon. In fact, the aim of the paper is to provide insights into the scope of hate speech
and its realizations; the context and participants in hate speech, then, the role of social media
in disseminating hate speech, and the actual legislative which regulates hate speech. All these
aspects are instantiated and looked at through the prism of the latest political and social
developments in our own homeland, the Republic of Macedonia.
Key words: hate speech, Macedonia, social media

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Silvana Neskovska
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 10:31
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 10:31

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