In order to bring more light to the best of Newsvine and moderated comments here (also on NBCNews.com, Today.com and in Newsvine Nation comments on MSNBC.com) here is this week’s Best of Newsvine. This is a curated list of articles, seeds, photo/video posts and comments for the past week.
This series will combine the use of Newsvine's "thumbs up" as well as the minds of the Newsvine team. As always, meta articles about the proper use of the site will be ignored for this feature. Those tend to get both the most upvotes, as well as the most flags (although this week was devoid of meta stories in the most upvoted list).
Unfortunately we are going to start on a sad note. It isn't about news and politics, but the amount of attention that jfxgillis' article about losing their mother got is a reminder about community. Community in the digital age is sometimes hard to understand. These are not neighbors, coworkers, teammates, instead our digital communities are places where friendships develop over just words. One of our friends, or friends of friends, lost their mother. I'm really new to this community and I'm proud to discover that despite political and other divisions this story was one of the most recommended of the week. It's not enough jfxgillis, but hopefully those little thumbs up and comments help.
Both Soph0571 and Alan Curtis Montgomery wrote about free speech and the right to offend and be offended. Both of their articles are in the top of the recommended reading list. Their different and complimentary articles are linked in their names.
A 488 comment gun rights discussion takes place in its_helter_skelter's seed about Open Carry Activists. The critique of the ideology is pointed, blunt and powerful. And yet, there is the Second Amendment. Nuance on our most difficult issues is hard. Is advocacy towards an extreme position harming the overall discussion?
Many claim that not enough Muslims speak out against violence performed in their name. Soph0571 found one that is, and took some objection to that in the comments.
I may be cheating by including a photo from an article already featured, but I'm OK with cheating sometimes.
MagnoliaSimms over on NBCNews.com writes that Muslim groups that feel cartoonists like those in Charlie Hebdo should be threatened into submission "They don't have to like it, they can protest it, they can not buy it. Heck, they can buy it and burn it if they want. I've seen many things printed that I think are offensive and terrible. But I'll defend that person's right to print it every day, even if I don't agree with what they have to say."
In a comment Hallux asks me to play chess.
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