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.