The irresponsible Facebook posters of Nevada County

The internet is changing the way we communicate, as people like Podunk Pelline are forever telling us, but they don’t bother to mention the downside of this communication revolution.

We saw an example of the downside earlier this week when a student at Nevada Union High School allegedly got in an argument with a teacher that escalated into a physical confrontation with an administrator.

That prompted the deputy sheriff on duty at the school to get involved, and the ensuing struggle to subdue the student prompted several sheriff’s deputies, fire and medical personnel to respond.

This overreaction–blame it on faulty communications or just a sign of the times–prompted all kinds of wild speculation. Thanks to Facebook, that speculation became wide-spread.

The Union reported member of local Facebook groups speculated that a stabbing or drug overdose caused the commotion. It reached the point that principal Kelly Rhoden felt it was necessary to send an email to the school’s community to reassure parents and others that “no drugs, stabbing or violence” were involved in the incident.

This is just one example of the irresponsible behavior you find on social media. It should be obvious by now there are morons who will believe anything they see on Facebook, and users are being irresponsible if they throw out rumors or speculation with nothing to back up their statements. It does no good to say it’s just your opinion–reading comprehension is so poor, people will just skip right over that.

In developing situations like the one at NU, it is prudent to wait until the smoke clears before trying to draw any conclusions because initial reports are often inaccurate, misleading or incomplete. Citizen journalists don’t seem to learn this lesson.

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4 Responses to The irresponsible Facebook posters of Nevada County

  1. Now Pelline is pointing out that NU’s principal posted her statement on Facebook, proving…what? Where else would you post your statement if you want to refute false and misleading information that appeared on Facebook? Twitter? Sierra Foothills Report? NC Scooper?
    Duh.

  2. Todd Juvinall says:

    When the Arab Spring started it was alleged that social media fueled the turnouts. Same in Egypt back then. So it is with us now and as long as the electricity keeps working, will be forever.

    • That’s a faulty comparison because in the case of Egypt, social media gave people a way to connect that couldn’t be controlled by the government censors, and it was a means to organize for people who had long been unhappy with their rulers.

      In Nevada County, we have an example of people being irresponsible and in some cases, just trying to cause trouble. While they aren’t perfect, traditional media have a gatekeeper process that tests the facts in stories before they are published or broadcast. Nobody’s challenging the BS that’s a regular feature of social media.

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