The celestial sun came up on my digital news portal with two stories regarding social media. One story has the spouse of Winnipeg mayoral candidate posting comments online and the other about a Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) payment defaulter taking MPI’s bait and switch tactic.
It is reported that Lorrie Steeves, the spouse of mayoral candidate Gord Steeves, posted on her Facebook page comments about Aboriginal panhandlers in conflict with “honest people”.
The same news sites had a story about MPI posting racy pictures of females on Facebook to attract the mouse clickers of male clients who owe the company money. By clicking on the picture the defaulter is served a legal summons, according to MPI’s lawyers.
My professional credentials to make comments on these stores may be lacking since, I limit my exposure to social media compared to others I have talked to. I am not exposed on a personal Facebook page. My career in the computer industry and the fact I have grappled with identity theft, jade my perspective on the wonders of social media.
Mrs. Steeves’ comments can be construed as not being politically correct and could give a reader the impression she has some racial bias. The young man getting a summons for failing to pay his comeuppance to MPI enabling them to use scam tactics, could also be seen as not politically correct, or discriminatory to men, or objectifying to women.
Mrs. Steeves is trying to distance herself from those comments by years, in suggesting the posting was made in 2010 in the heat of the moment. Comment from the MPI payment defaulter is still pending. MPI couldn’t reach him, and it appears the press can’t either.
My future son in-law stopped in a parking lot to take a picture of a black pick up truck. He used his digital phone to snap a picture. That evening he showed my daughter the picture. She commented about the pretty girl passing by. He was making the final turns of the drain, sinking in his attempt to convince his fiancée it was the truck he took a picture of.
I threw him a life line by telling my daughter I was there for the picture and his explanation was genuine. I didn’t tell her, it was dad looking at the pretty girl thinking this boy is an idiot. I didn’t post those last comments during the discussion, so hopefully her mother doesn’t read this.
The Internet technology is relatively new to society. It has been embraced for all of its benefits. It also has a downside that society continues to discover. The consequences of this discovery continue to unfold as the technology becomes more integrated into our lives, as individuals like Mrs. Steeves and an MPI payment defaulter, have discovered.
The Internet brings society closer to together. Society brings with it social effluent; the less than appropriate and negative trappings. I’m cautious by nature. I look to keeping what I have gained and not more. I’m not sure what loss this technology still has to deliver, for that reason I will keep my face off the Internet and read books in paper.