As is customary in this day and age, everyone and their grandmother has offered up a Twitter lecture about their feelings about the attacks on French magazine Charlie Hebdo and the ensuing #jesuischarlie hashtag. Rupert Murdoch took it upon himself to offer the increasingly controversial opinion that "maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible." This idea that Muslims the world over need to meet some kind of minimum quota of outrage in order to not be discriminated against in their day to day lives is, bluntly, a bigoted and troubling assumption.
J.K. Rowling, Twitter heroine and author of a certain series that takes on bigotry in a remarkably crystalline fashion, responded to Murdoch with her typical aplomb:
Dumbledore would approve. But, seriously, social media can be great in the sense that it leads to more discussion and, hopefully, more understanding — but it also makes it a whole lot easier to make sweeping generalizations and spew ill-informed opinions. Just be ready to get called out if you do.