Let’s get one thing straight immediately. In the day and age wherein virtually everyone has a means to voicing out their opinion thanks mostly to social media, there has never been a time and need like today for all of us to find the willingness to listen, think critically, and contribute to the formation of a society that gives proper value to the “gray area.” It is out of this reason that discourse’ existence is crucial.
The manner in which we participate in a discourse serves as an indirect assessment of our individuality and the society we belong to. This is why it is important to acknowledge that the resulting conversation from the alternative band Sud’s controversial magazine cover is a huge “gray area” that all of us are a part of whether you say something publicly, or voice out your opinions exclusively to a family member or friend. Fortunately, there are a lot of people who chose to speak up, and give their two cents on the matter.
See Sud's controversial magazine cover in the photo below.
When Sud’s magazine cover reached the eyes of the public, it started a discourse. Like in any conversation, people have different views about the issue, and we can’t discount the truth that there is always a justification behind any point being conveyed. There are those who felt that the magazine cover is not really a big deal, and that it shouldn’t be viewed literally. On the other hand, there are also those who believe that the imagery depicted in the cover crossed a line that it shouldn’t have, and that there is a higher road that can be taken for expression even under the name of art.
Then again, if you take a look at the issue from a macro level, you’ll begin to understand how discourse operates, and why it is essential most especially when the topic at hand is a sensitive one. When people speak out, every voice contributes to the conversation, and this process of communication serves as the checks and balances of the power that traditionally belongs to those who have the privilege to use it. In other words, this back and forth exchange about the matter had to happen to reach a progressive point. And progress has indeed been made as evidenced by Sud’s cordial and appropriate apology which means that they own up to the mistake that many people felt the band committed.
As cliché as it may sound, the line “no man is an island” holds so much truth, especially if every man has access to the Internet. So if there’s one agreeable thing that this whole controversy teaches us, it is that the responsibility to listen is as equally valued and important as the right to speak out. Thanks to the discourse we’re having now, we learn how to be flexible, and we learn how to acknowledge and respect the “gray area.”
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