If you wouldn’t want grandma to see it…

Heat of the Moment AbstractJune 14, 2017… Another disturbing and sad day for national news. First I want to say my thoughts and prayers go out to all touched by the shooting in Alexandria. I don’t want what I’m about to say to take away from that.
In reading what the news media/whoever was able to recover from the shooter’s social media pages, it struck me that what they found there was actually pretty common given the mental and emotional mindset of the current political landscape, the one that has been decaying for a couple of years. Even politicians and presidents practice very little restraint when it comes to blasting off on social media. A lot of what they said they found on the shooter’s page seemed pretty mild when compared to some of the things that have caused me to unfollow personal pages as well as even unfriend  some in the last year. Sadly, taken out of context, those words and similar words or memes on your page can be construed as threats, calls to violence and inciting violence. (even if all you did was share something that someone else posted)
The point that I’m trying to make I guess, is that we all have an opinion – we all have things that make us angry – we all want to be heard and considered. That doesn’t mean that it always belongs on social media. I personally try to follow the social media rule of “if you wouldn’t want your grandma to see it then don’t put it there”, but it isn’t always easy to do.
I miss the days when you had face-to-face conversations, when we actually felt responsible for what we said because we were physically exposed…eye to eye and toe to toe.
Also…I’m adding a picture because…well, nobody reads anything without a picture anymore 😉 FYI…the title is ‘Heat Of The Moment’

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3 thoughts on “If you wouldn’t want grandma to see it…

  1. I agree with you. People say things to me on Facebook I know they would not say to my face. We don’t need a hall monitor on Facebook but I do wish people would follow the rule, say it, forget it, write it, regret it.

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