With Social Media Comes Great Responsibility
Yes, social media is the democratization of information. We’re inspired to express ourselves and are rewarded every time we share a bit of who we are and what moves us with the recognition and validation of response and connection. But with this new voice and platform, we must also embrace a more informed era of consciousness. Now more than ever, vigilance becomes a virtue. While this so-called First Amendment of Social Media is written and tested in real time, it is up to us to say and do the things that share not only who we are, but also who we want to be personally and professionally. via www.briansolis.com
This is the last paragraph in an excellent post.
Check out the entire post. See if you agree with sentiment of #IamSpartacus and its supporters.
I disagree with them. The tweet that started it all, the one that 'playfully' tweeted the author's frustration upon finding a closed airport and ended with the threat to blow 'the airport sky high.' is today's digital, Twitter, equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater...just for fun, because your bag of buttered popcorn is a wee bit soggy from fake butter.
The responsibilities with social media and free speech are no different than with any other form of speech and communication. With great freedom comes great responsibility. Situational awareness, I think is a buzzword today. Clueless is an informal phrase of equivalence.
Social media gives us the opportunity to connect immediately, globally, with an audience that shares our passion. We have to be aware of that situation where and how we choose to connect. Otherwise, we risk being labeled as clueless and, in the case of this member of Twitter, facing jail time.