Kendall Jones, Free Speech, and Howard Stern Wannabes

KendallPosted this earlier on Facebook in response to the whole issue surrounding Kendall Jones. If you have never heard of her, it’s not important. In this case, neither the issue nor the arguments were my concern. To be honest, it could be any issue. But the numerous death threats she has received via social media led me to this thought… 

“It seems to me as if social media in general has become a means of what I would call “outrage expression.” For some strange reason we are culturally becoming more and more comfortable with giving “voice” to our thoughts and feelings with very little regard for the true impact of our words. It’s as if the advent of social media somehow eliminated any need for either a filter or a degree of sensibility. Sadly, pundits on both sides of the issues (any issue) have become happy to post the most outlandish statements with no thought other than garnering their own “15 seconds of fame.” People write things they would never dare say in person, choosing to hide behind their monitors and phones, somehow finding personal comfort in “likes” and “shares.” In this particular instance, to me personally, the real irony is that the same person who would defend the right to life of an animal would also trumpet the death of this young girl. I would think that life itself would be the precious consideration. But such is the nature of this “linked-in” world. The voice of diplomacy and sanity has been shouted down by a generation of Howard Stern wannabes. “If you don’t agree with me, I will insult you, belittle you, demean you, and even threaten you.” The only problem is that such tactics never persuade anyone of anything… other than our own ignorance.”