COM0011 – Blog Post #1 – We Saw, We Cried, We Moved On…

 

We all remember our news feeds lighting up last April 15th. 273 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram terrorists. We were outraged and we showed that anger. We condemned Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for sitting idly by while we yelled and chanted “#Bring Back Our Girls” across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Michelle Obama, along with dozens of celebrities joined the campaign by posting selfies  with the slogan. Surely, enough “sharing” would free these girls. But, the World of Terror is far more complicated than that, and soon, we got bored and moved on. The anger faded. It was time for summer, beaches and swimming. We didn’t sit “idly by”, we simply moved on.

53 girls risked their lives and fled to safety. No thanks to Social Media. It has been 217 days. 220 girls remain kidnapped.bring back our girls

 

On August 19th 2014, our feeds lit up yet again. Freelance photographer James Foley was the first American beheaded in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant ( ISIS or ISIL). Filmed for the World to watch. And it did. IT DID!!!!!!!!!!!!James Foley

 

Try doing a James Foley search on Google. The first to pop up are links to the video of his murder and we all know how Google operates.  How could peace loving, cellphone and laptop using individuals be viewing this killing by the millions?

 

However, the World was again outraged. The beheadings continued and the World watched by the millions, literally, until it got bored and moved on.

 

And then came “Celebgate” or “The Fappening”. On August 31st 2014 hundreds of stolen iCloud photos of nude celebrities spread across imageboard4chan and were later released to “the public” via Reddit, Tumblr and Imgur. Of course a few nutjobs and hackers would find this coup quite exciting but even more shocking were the millions of people who thought it their  right to view these vial invasions of privacy. The following is a statement by one of the victims.

 

“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime.” Jennifer Lawrence to Sam Kashner of Vanity Fair. “It’s disgusting.

 

” I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”Facebook-20141118-100231

 

And so, maybe it’s time we ask ourselves a few questions.  Is Social Media a playground for stripping away our decency? Can we trust ourselves to self monitor? Are we desensitized? And what comes of this? What happens to our Social Media raised children? Where will their morals lie? Who will hold us accountable? Most importantly, what effect are these images going to have on our future selves?

 

Let’s start the conversation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_celebrity_photo_leaks

https://www.facebook.com/FreeJamesFoley

https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/10/abandonment-bring-back-our-girls-2014101494119446698.html

http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/10/jennifer-lawrence-photo-hacking-privacy

 

 

2 thoughts on “COM0011 – Blog Post #1 – We Saw, We Cried, We Moved On…

  1. Civilization is a thin veneer covering the human tendency towards barbarism. This became evident to me while touring the former KGB prisons of eastern Europe years ago. And the desensitizing effect of playing violent video games or of being exposed to horrors can definitely contribute to our loss of humanity and sense of place in this world. Some military organizations have conditioned their soldiers for battle using graphic video games. Having said that, to cover our heads in the sand and believe the rest of the world is just like Canada, or America – rich in “Mom and Apple Pie”, is to deny reality. While Canadians live in one of the best and safest countries in the world, there are many dangerous places and many more dangerous people out there, as evidenced by the recent ISIS videos which takes one back to the way some peoples treated others in the middle ages and at other times in history. With the accelerating advances in communications and graphics over the past few decades, our safe haven is immune no more. We will need to consider how to protect our innocence if we want to hang on to our sense of humanity.

  2. Thank you! I agree it’s naïve and impossible to cover our heads in the sand. It’s a fine line between honouring facts and history and watching stolen images. I wonder if all of this technology might bring us back to the middle ages in some ironic way.

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