"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday 29 August 2016


Michael Smerconish is a legal-analyst CNN Associate. He participates on the cacaphony panel 
discussions but also has his own program. On Saturday his topic was social media. He talked about blogs and comments specifically. He also has a column. 

Research indicates all comments are contributed by 6% of readers. Apparently comments to his 
column are all insulting and abusive. He doesn't read any. 

Blogs ,he said ,allow people to say things they would never dream of saying to a person's face. While hiding behind a pseudonym.

 I only read one other blog. But I know that's true of comments as well.  

Since my computer was hacked ,I receive mostly critical or abusive comments but not many. 

 I started sharing posts on Facebook about the same time. Traffic data shows most link-ins are through Google and Facebook. 

 I miss the conversational comments. The others are  deleted but I would just as soon be ble to shut them out altogether. They are not friends. 

It's going to be interesting to watch how social media evolves. I still think it's a living wonder but it's  not an unmixed blessing. Speed and power are positively mind-boggling and scary as well. 

I suspect whatever discipline comes to bear  must come from within. It's hard to see how since the media belongs to the young.  The  discipline of foregoing generations has not stood  up well to the test of time and there hasn't been time for them to fashion its replacement. 

If it doesn't happen, it will destroy itself and everything else along with it. 

In the meantime, we'll just keep pecking away at the edges

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

1 comment in 4 posts.

Not encouraging.