This morning, I was greeted with posts on my Facebook timeline with friends and family members threatening others about deleting anyone who shared the horrific video of the senseless shooting that took place in Cleveland yesterday.
Mr. Robert Godwin’s life was snatched from him and the shooter decided to do it live on Facebook. Since then, millions of people have decided to spread the video across social media which has made many Americans upset. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/us/steve-stephens-video-facebook-live.html?_r=0
While I agree that the video should not have been shared for many reasons, I find it hypocritical that individuals have an issue with it being posted to others’ pages.
I can’t tell you the amount of inconsiderate, disrespectful, and attention-seeking garbage I’ve seen on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. People share videos, images, and quotes all day long that should have never been created, let alone shared. However, because people want to be important, liked, or noticed, they will post just about anything for likes, comments, shares, and follows. There is no barrier for most people.
Where was this outrage last week when the footage from the United Airlines was showing up all over the internet? Where is this frustration when little girls are twerking or teenage boys are flashing money in a rap video they created in their neighborhood? What about the videos of fights that keep popping up? Why is World Star Hip Hop still in existence with all of its foolishness?
I understand why people don’t allow pictures or videos to be taken with cellphones at their weddings anymore. We are such a selfish generation that we don’t think about other people, their feelings, or how our words/actions will impact the next man or woman. We just want the spotlight. Before people can share their proudest moments from their special day, that have been captured professionally, they have already been uploaded for the world to see. Let everyone share their own great news. Stop being in a hurry to tell everything. Learn to be considerate and sensitive about tragedies and other matters.
It is a shame that people have to find out about the deaths of their loved ones on Facebook because we don’t have enough self-control to allow members of the family to call other relatives and the victim’s friends. Social Media has become a drug that many people just can’t get enough of.
What should and shouldn’t be posted on social media is a debate that can only be answered by each individual user. If what someone says or does bothers me enough, I just unfollow them without saying a word to them or making a public service announcement.
At the same time, I am careful about what I post because I don’t want to be misunderstood or misrepresent myself in anyway. I am a young black male school teacher and writer who is aspiring to be a school administrator and best-selling author. My focus is transformation but I only try to change myself and continuously encourage others to do the same.
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