The worst of what we know as social media reared it’s ugly head over the weekend when video went viral showing an apparent confrontation between a 64-year old American Indian activist and a Covington Kentucky Catholic high school Junior who was waiting with classmates to catch a bus back to the Bluegrass state from the annual march for life in Washington DC.
When just a portion of an hour-long video was posted it resulted in wide spread condemnation of the student. However when the long-form video was made public, it detailed an incident that was much different than was first thought. Twitter and Facebook were full of some very derogatory comments about the students and even condemnation from some church officials who were later forced to walk back many of their comments.
What I haven’t heard much of is any apologies from news media outlets which ran with the original video.
I was told at an early age that there’s always more to a story than what we might first think but in our rush to be first with a comment, we as a people have blown it again.
I’ve learned that just because I think a comment is appropriate or funny or compelling it doesn’t mean that it is.
That’s Why I don’t use twitter and seldom look at facebook even if that puts me in the minority. I seem to find better things to do. There’s always that dusty sock drawer.
That’s the way I see it..