...When laughter and violence are thought of as distinct and absolute entities, the mocked are left silent and humiliated, while the victims of violence become afraid to speak – or, in the case of the Paris shootings, are dead. To truly value free speech, it’s necessary to avoid delineating laughter and violence as opposite extremes.
The definition of free speech needs to be broadened. It’s not merely speaking: it’s being responded to.
If one is responded to, then at least he or she has been listened to.