Social media shaming

Social media is rapidly changing, and it serves many purposes to society. Not only can people connect with old friends and loved ones but they can also express their opinions, rant, post pictures, seek attention, the list can go on. One of the growing issues that seems to have the most negative impact is being “faceless”. Some may find it appropriate to be reckless behind a screen because all of a sudden the glass serves as some kind of shield or barricade that enables them to be rude or obscene, or just down right disrespectful. Let’s be real- many just don’t understand what they write on social media can be offensive until their whole world comes crashing down into a whole lot of oops and sorry. “I wasn’t serious”, or “I was just playing” doesn’t cut it once you say something that can deeply hurt or anger others. This can affect someone who doesn’t monitor their words, and they think it’s harmless. Despite age and rank words fly loose, no face no regrets right? Faceless meaning there is no human in front of you as you speak, just the inanimate screen. Which means no emotions displayed unless you’re using a series of emojis of course. People can get real nasty, monstrosity at times have no mercy. Remember that rule as a kid, think before you speak? Well, same applies here think before your fingers hit the key board. Or else your whole reputation can be demolished especially if you’re someone like Justine Sacco. A tweet can be erased, but it can never be forgotten. Once something is put on social media, it’s for the world to see. It doesn’t matter if you delete it, you can’t take it back. So yes, Justine had the huge amount of angry mobs at her hotel and her safety wasn’t guaranteed. Maybe she deserved some level of consequence for her immoral tweet. She’s a woman who should k ow right from wrong, and it doesn’t matter if she meant it as a joke. When something is posted it is taken literal especially from someone that’s a senior director of corporate communications. Well, she has apologized. Clearly it wasn’t enough, because she lost her job. So much backfire, and it could’ve been prevented if she just restricted herself. Sacco endured enough punishment however, since she was clearly embarrassed and “cried half her body weight”. Has it gotten out of hand? I believe so. Why must we focus and zone in on one persons actions and words. We all make mistakes, can we move forward?

There’s no reason for Sacco’s insensitive remark to even be thought of after three weeks. It was racist and harsh. She got turned down by her own extended family in South Africa who were African national congress affiliated with Nelson Mandela, and they told her that isn’t what they stand for. I’m sure after that she’s learned her lesson. Justine Sacco’s remark, as humorous as she thought it was at the time has brought a world of shame unto her. We may forget that as human beings, we say things on social media we don’t mean to say, and even we have to mo tier ourselves. We make mistakes. It’s time to go onward. Regardless of this tweet incident, I will always refrain from saying things that are insensitive to others. “Think before you say it”, is engrained in my mind for good. Don’t be greedy for any validation, approval, or attention or you’ll regret it and there’s no going back.

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