Jon Ronson is an eloquent speaker and I watched the whole video “How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life” because his points made sense- but to whom did it benefit?
He uses the example of Justine Sacco. A white woman that posted a disturbing tweet about blacks and Germans two years back. I will not repeat it here. In the end, Ronson believes her depression stemmed from the responses she received on social media and not from consequences of what she posted.
The responses were vile. People tweeted they wanted to harm her and hoped she’d lose her job- and honestly, these were brutal. We are not to treat each other this way. Online or off.
The point is, there is freedom of speech, just be prepared for the consequences.
As believers in God, there are ways we should conduct ourselves at all times so that we do not end up like Justine.
Proverbs 4:23 “Out Comes the Issues of Life”
Ronson believes that Justine made a little joke and really is not a racist. However, why would someone choose stereotypes and hurtful things to tweet in the first place? Tweets, like speech, begins in the heart. Justine and others like her did not wake up one day and decided to post anything their fingers come up with. No. It begins with what is inside.
Ideologies vs. Humans vs. God
Ronson goes on to say he favors humans over ideologies any day.
Well, the Word does say do not be carried away with “every wind of doctrine” However, Justine has her own ideologies and she tweeted them. Everyone has an ideology or we aren’t human.
But God has His standards too. Again, if tweeting prejudices is okay, how about we tweet something negative about ourselves online for once?
We’re Not Androids
When I speak, when I write- I hope it means something. Because I have meaning. And my words should instill hope and light in everyone who reads/hears my words.
If I am tweeting mess, then mess shall return back to me. I am not just some machine wound up to spill out whatever and then cry later, “Ooops, I made a mistake.”
Jon Ronson is a great speaker. I give him that.
And I don’t like to be too PC(Politically Correct either), we all have freedom to say what the heck we want.
However, we nee to be prepared mentally and emotionally for the backlash we may get for the words we say. We also need to think about what we are saying and why we are saying it before we post it.
Once things are Tweeted, Facebooked, Googled, etc.- it is out there forever and now it is up for grabs to be dissected by everyone.
I am not perfect, but I try my best to post the truth in love.
You should too.