Social Media Safe Harbor for Liars/Haters

Social media could have been a great communication mechanism. It could have been a forum for the exchange of information and the exchange of ideas. It could have brought people together. Any chance of that happening seems to have been lost. It is a great loss for all of us and there seems to be little likelihood of recovery.

Should we blame the creators of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for this?

No! It is doubtful that they intended to design tools that would be used in socially destructive ways.

Then again, yes we should. These technology giants have done little to curb blatant and increasing misuse by the public. For that failure, they deserve sharp reproach. They have harmed the opportunity they created and the uninterrupted wealth that could stream to them from its use.

However, the real blame falls on the users of this capability. People should know better but far too many do not or just don’t care. It is easy to pass along misinformation, exaggeration or outright lies broadly and publically. Must we fact-check everything? Where do we go to do that?

Social media has also made it fast and easy to spread hate. Name calling has become an art form. For those too cowardly to do so using their real identity, a false identity can be used.

If something that offends us is posted, it takes just seconds to fire back with an equally offensive response. With people being so easily offended these days, the resultant exchange of insults is instantaneous and non-stop. People go so far as to “un-friend” loved ones.

We are told that we live in a deeply divided nation. We do and that will remain true until we wise up. Will that day ever come? In the meantime, we own our thanks for societal division to the creators and administrators of social media tools and to those who abuse the use of those tools.

Over and Out!

 

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About authorbillramsey

During his forty year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. His 2015 collection of concise, real life essays is titled "What DO You Think?" "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It" are his other books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com .
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3 Responses to Social Media Safe Harbor for Liars/Haters

  1. allenrizzi says:

    I personally have become the target of “social media trolls” after the recent election. Their barrage of insults and name calling is always cloaked in the anonymity of the internet. It is not the fault of social media but rather the inability of some of their users to “grow a pair” and actually stand forward with their beliefs. Unfortunately, they hide behind a myriad of different “call names.” As we said in the day: Totally chick shit!

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  2. The question becomes, where do we go from here? So many on either side of an argument are ill-informed yet feel free to blast away. Often neither side is correct on complex issues.

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  3. As the acronym suggests: GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out). It is used generally in reference to computers, but I believe it applies also to social media. Good post, Bill. Happy Thanksgiving in advance! 🙂

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