Halbwegs neue Studie zum alten „Hatespeech“-Dilemma: Das Lesen von „Hatespeech“ stumpft ab und erhöht Vorurteile gegenüber Minderheiten, was die genauso alten Fragen nach einer gültigen Hatespeech-Definition aufwirft, wer in Zeiten von Realitätskonstruktion durch Social Media die Sprachpolizei spielen soll und wie man Randgruppen dennoch schützen kann.
Die Ergebnisse der Studie sollten sich allerdings grade die Kritiker von SJWs sehr genau durchlesen, genauso wie Trolle, die Hatespeech als „ironisches“ Mittel einsetzen.
The researchers found that participants who were more frequently exposed to hate speech against minorities, had a higher likelihood of exhibiting anti-Muslim or anti-LGBT prejudice. Interestingly, the analysis of their data suggested that this increase in prejudice was linked to a lower sensitivity towards assessing the hate speech examples as offensive. Soral and colleagues interpreted this as a “desensitization” process. If one gets inundated with hateful comments against minorities, one no longer perceives them as offensive and this ultimately leads to an increase in prejudice targeting minorities.
If the desensitization theory holds true, then extremist political and religious groups can bring about a change in their audience’s perception of what is hateful by repeatedly broadcasting hateful messages until they represent a new normal, and increase prejudice against minorities. Freedom of expression is a value that many of us cherish but we also need to be aware of how are minds can be manipulated by those who abuse this freedom.