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140 Characters of Judgment
140 characters of judgment with each tweet. More truth or fiction unravels. What if twitter was used to further conflict, instead of resolution? The proverbial "can of worms" is open for a firestorm of controversy and rage with a single re-tweet by the well-know director, Spike Lee. The question is, who checked the source? Who identified the information as accurate before it was spread across the web with record speed? The answer is not surprising. The answer is "nobody did."
The world has become strangely justified in its thinking that social media is its declaration of truth. The problem is there is no justice. The modern-day social media Mecca is an awesome community to share your thoughts and ideas. You can let people know what you are eating and where you plan to spend your day. In fact you can tweet every experience you have throughout the day. It is great for the person that likes to tell everyone everything. You can even even re-tweet things others have said.
All this is fun and games until someone gets hurt. The rapid clicks on the cell phone or keyboard in a fury of rage, echoes across the world quickly. It is often said rumors spread quicker than facts.
The originator of the thought should act with care and responsibility. The privacy of others must be protected because it isn't our job to pass judgment or convict others without a trial.
Those misinformed tweets of that famous celebrity recently left one family with piles of hate mail, death threats, and a new address. The misinformation that was tweeted was the presumed address of someone who had possibly committed a crime. I say possibly because in our country someone is innocent until proven guilty. I am not sure what sending people to someone’s house would do other than cause more violence.
It is okay to disagree with the way something is being handled. It is not okay to incite anger and hate. What was the purpose of sending angry citizens to a person's home? Would this resolve the issue? Does this change the outcome of the tragedy? It is not the average citizen’s job to determine polices. It is the job of court systems to sanction reprimand. It is not the average person’s duty to start a movement of hate in 140 characters of judgment.
In the future, stick to writing about violence instead of perpetuating it. It is often said; be part of the solution instead of the problem.
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