Social media has its definite pluses and minuses. Today, Facebook was probably having one of those minus days. Kudos to WAM and everyone else who is in support of getting Facebook to get rid of FB pages that are derogatory in nature. Everything that is derogatory should be taken down whether it is to men, women, youth or children. It can all be damaging to the emotional psyche. We shouldn’t have to be looking at pictures or words that are hurtful. Who gives the right to others to post wreckless and humiliating photos and words? Once again, is it because one can ‘hide behind the mask’ which is why one does it? I would love for Chlorox to stand up to Facebook for the hundreds of posts and pictures that are still out there of my daughter. For one, it is disgusting that people post sh*% out there like that (if your parents knew) and for two, that a site would let it to stay there. In the next few days, I will be checking some of the many links to see if the posts are still there. If they are, then …
Interestingly enough, in Canada, there is a case going on now between Brian Burke (former coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs) and anonymous posters on message boards who have defamed him with their words. According to the articles, Mr Burke can now sue the online commenters even though he doesn’t yet know who they are. I find this so very interesting as do many of the people I know.
Facebook is not the only social media site that is guilty of posting derogatory posts. There are so many sites out there. Some that are so obscure that you might not have heard of them. I am sure that someone out there in the technology world must have the ability to develop a good filter system to block unnecessary things coming through the infrastructure. Is it that hard? If someone can make over 300++ levels of Candy Crush???? It is time for this insane technology abuse of real people to stop. We, as concerned people, need to take a step back and look at what we see and what has and is happening.
In the small communities that surround where I live, I hear of stories where the technology seemingly takes over the lives of the kids and adults. Putting down the devices is hard.
Here is a technology test: At the dinner table (at home or in a restaurant), put the phones face down in the middle of the table. Watch how everyone reacts. Are the eyes and ears riveted to the phones in the middle of the table? Does the antsy-ness start to appear? Who will reach first? Who starts to get annoyed first? Try this out and post a comment.
Technology was never meant to rule our lives. I am amazed at those who have not become absorbed in it. We can’t take the technology away but we can teach ourselves and others how to use it wisely.
A great thing happened tonight. When my BBBB was in the hospital, I met a retired couple with children my age. We talked. I had lunch with the wife while her husband was in surgery. We parted in saying that we would keep in touch. Somehow, the wires got crossed. They Skyped me tonight. We talked. We laughed. It was a great conversation. This is one of the things technology was designed to do — a useful communication tool. A normal conversation. We promised to stay in touch better. 🙂
I will go back to my Facebook now and be able to see how many of Amanda’s friends are still awake. It’s late. 1:57 a.m. It’s a school day tomorrow. They say a growing teenager should get 8 hours of sleep.
I am going Candy Crushing. Still stuck on Level 65.
Night to my Princess Snowflake. Missing her more right now than ever. I look at her pictures and think that she had so much to look forward to in her life. If only, she had known…..
Happy dreamz babygirl… xoxo