I do not spend a lot of time on social media. But being in this particular profession requires me to be aware of the trends and the new ways we’re communicating.
It seems to me our newsroom is doing more and more stories about people getting into trouble for voicing their opinion on social media. And we’ve even seen some bullying.
When some Girl Scouts had a project to return ducks to a lake in Carolina Beach, a community celebrated. But on social media, some bullies decided they didn’t like the way the scouts went about it and it tarnished this positive effort.
People like to say that everyone has a right to free speech. And that’s true. It’s guaranteed in the Constitution. But free speech does not mean you are free from consequences. And whether it’s fair or not, certain people in our community are held to higher standards. School teachers and police officers are examples of that.
Here’s the thing. If you make a comment on a social media site, you should treat that the same as if you delivered those words from a podium in a crowded auditorium. If you wouldn’t share those thoughts and opinions in that manner, you probably shouldn’t post them on social media.
That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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