Now, in London’s Hyde Park, a traditional site for public
speeches and debate, anybody can talk to others about anything. Nobody will
care to find the difference between fantasy and fact. More recently, they have
been set up similar sites in other British cities, and there are also Speakers'
Corners in many other countries. Censorship occurs only if there is a concrete
denounce of profanity.
The question is this: what’s the difference between free speech
and hoax? I think that the difference is money. Why? Simply because if someone
sells a fantasy proclaiming that it’s a fact, he/she is a hoaxer.
I can give you a nice bottle of snake oil, and even tell you
that it will attract good luck and health, but there is a big difference if I sell
you the snake oil bottle.
The hoaxer profits with some people’s need to believe,
selling you a fantasy as a fact. He writes and sells a book that tries to make
you accept as true that extraterrestrial visitors are real, and that millions
including the whole scientific community, are conspiring to keep you in the
ignorance. He is selling you fiction as
I don’t know if this is illegal, but I know that it is dishonest.