We are all human and make mistakes. “To err is human, to forgive is divine.” is regularly quoted after someone makes a mistake. Who among us hasn’t made at least one mistake in life? In fact, there are articles that state mistakes are good because by making a mistake you learn and grow. You can read one of those articles here. However, in the modern world of social media there is no room for mistakes. On social media there are no second chances, one mistake can actually ruin your life. An example of this is the Justine Sacco story. For those who are unfamiliar with her story you can watch Jon Ronson’s video here for the full story.
The quick summary is that Justine wrote one tweet to her 177 followers, and that one tweet completely destroyed her life. She lost her job and was threatened world wide for her post. All of this happened while she was on an international flight, so she wasn’t able explain her post or defend herself. Justine was destroyed before she even knew it was happening.
If you make the biggest mistake you can in our society, normally called committing a crime, we have a system that dictates you are innocent until proven guilty. Before your conviction you get to present the facts of your case including the history, and the context before a verdict is made.
On social media however, the moment that a post is made the “jury” of followers begin the judgement. In Justine’s case people started skewing the facts against her without any evidence. Someone commented that she came from a rich family, and that is why she was so entitled. This was not true, but the other members of the “jury” took it as truth.
Justine’s story isn’t the only case of this happening. There are several other stories of people who had their lives ruined because of what they posted on social media. You can find some of their stories here. I’m not trying to say that all of these people were innocent or that their actions were good. However, shouldn’t we be allowed make mistakes, even on social media? No one is perfect, jokes fail, particularly on a platform where tone can’t be interpreted. Where is our due process? Is whats happening to these people really justice?
Social Media: The judge and jury….but are they a fair? Read about how your followers will be the jury for your mistakes. https://wp.me/p3QRy0-jCB
Social Media: the judge and jury. Read about how social media is the new judge in town. https://wp.me/p3QRy0-jCB