What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Two issues got me today.

The first was when I heard that Robin Williams’s daughter dropped off social media because she was getting harassed about her father’s death.

Excuse me? What kind of insensitive moron would do such a thing?

Oh, an anonymous troll who can be a bully without anyone knowing who it is; I won’t anthropomorphize such bottom dwellers.

And for what it’s worth, I think it was a much better world with Robin Williams in it; he made us laugh, and more importantly he made us think.

The second issue was when I saw “Users Ask Which Photo [the] Media Would Use #IfTheyGunnedMeDown” a story from USA Today, in which young people of color offer two pictures; one shows a young adult chillaxing (as my daughter would say). The second shows the same person in a graduation gown, military uniform, or dress clothes. Which picture would be used?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/08/12/if-they-gunned-me-down-hashtag-twitter/13982539/

The answer is, whichever one would hold the mass audience attention longer so they could sell you pills for erectile dysfunction.

So, as the media picks the picture to best rile everyone up, remember, that young person with the [fill in the fashion, cultural, linguistic or other attribute] may well turn out to be the doctor, lawyer, minister or other professional in whose hands your future will be placed at some critical point in the future.

2 responses to “What’s Wrong with This Picture?

  1. Sometimes I’m ashamed to be human, jeez. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • But that’s why we’re here – to each provide something positive. It doesn’t have to be monumental – if each of us practices and encourages respect for one another it’s a start. Besides, there are more basically decent people than there are twisted malevolent crackpots!

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