Some things horrify me.
I believe in freedom and I certainly believe in the right to a free press. We Brits, have had some issues in this regard over recent years, with law suits on how far the Press is allowed to go. Scandals such as “phone tapping” only really became scandals once we discovered they weren’t just doing it to the rich and famous. It turns out they were hacking into the parents of boys who were dying for their country in Iraq or Afganistan.
There’s a photo that came from Facebook, I’m not sure if it’s real or a fake, but it’s spread like wildfire. It is not a nice photo and every person that forwards it on in emails and in attachments to text messages or even social media should take a moment to think about what they are doing.
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF YOU WERE THE PERSON ON THE CHAIR?
Oh, did you forget about them? The human being at the center of the story whilst you all gloat and pass it around saying have you seen this?
In an open office of around twenty, there were two of us that said “NO.”
“No, I don’t want to see that damn picture. Why would I want to see that?”
“No, I don’t want to see a human being broken and bleeding”
“No, I don’t get a kick out of another’s misery”
I feel saddened that human curiosity on the macabre is enough for us to lose our compassion and our dignity. So that people huddle around a phone or a screen saying things like “Have you seen this, it’s gross”.
These people weren’t children, or teenagers. So, you can’t blame the complete lack of discretion on naiveté or inexperience.
As much as I believe in the right to Freedom, I also believe in the right to privacy. So if you see or get forwarded a copy of that photo, just delete it. There are things that should stay private and this photo crosses that line.
As for Boston, I wish everyone peace and my thoughts are with the families and friends of those that lost their lives.
Comments, as always welcome.
- Media Coverage in a tragedy- honouring privacy (jessiemarie19.wordpress.com)
- Weighing Privacy in the Age of Ubiquitous Data (architects.dzone.com)
- How to manage the privacy settings in OS X (reviews.cnet.com)
- Boston Marathan bombing shows where lack of privacy is a good thing (successfulworkplace.com)