by Alberta Parish
In a world in which real relationships has been replaced by social media, your online thoughts are the measuring stick often used to determine your value or character. Therefore, if you are on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, be sure to monitor your accounts while also choosing your words carefully. Do not post sexually suggestive or nude photos. Whatever is wrong in your personal life should never become social media fodder. Public reputation is important. A bad reputation sticks with you for the rest of your life. When you think no one is watching, usually someone is paying close attention. Once you get a bad reputation, rebuilding your image is nearly impossible.
Most people do not judge individuals based on personal knowledge, but instead on first impressions and sometimes on hearsay. You cannot control what people think about you or what they say about you behind your back. But you can control your public image and social media content.
All social media information is closely monitored by the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and other counterintelligence organizations for the purpose of preventing terrorist attacks against the citizens of the United States and against any territories operated, designated, and controlled by the U.S. Government. You do not have the freedom to post hateful or threatening online content against an individual, group or government. Any harassing or threatening content you post online has consequences. You should never assume that no one is paying attention to what you are saying.
We live in a much different culture than we did prior to the terror attacks upon the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Many countries are more technologically advanced. An overflow of information is readily accessible by the click of a button and also through a mini-computer, which is your smartphone. The knowledge of the universe, old civilizations, ancient mysteries, and the understanding of all life on earth has been made available through the power of the Internet. People are forever learning new information. An important thing we have learned post-9/11 is that events happening around the world is not always as they appear to be. You must look at everything with a third eye. You cannot take all information you see and hear at face value. The past is still the present. Historical events that took place hundreds of years ago continue to have a ripple effect in the present day.
Some people really believe that the world is this lovely place where people are generally happy and you can be anything if you work hard at it. But what if you were born in a region where girls are not allowed to receive an education? What if you were literally born into slavery? Slavery is a multi-billion dollar industry in modern times. The circumstances of one’s life are sometimes based on cultural ties or the geographical location of his or her birth.
In 1865, the United States Government abolished chattel slavery within its territories. Today, slavery persists in many parts of the world where children are exploited as forced laborers in industries that make apparel, appliances, electronics, furniture, and grow food. They usually live in unsanitary conditions. Children are trafficked in organized pedophile rings around the world. You will not always see the face of slavery on your television screen. However, slavery continues to drive world economies.
Social media connects people from all cultural backgrounds in ways that would be impossible were it not for the creation of the Internet. While human connections are important, certain types of people use social media for nefarious purposes. Keep in mind that everyone does not have your best interest at heart. Protect your online image and choose your words carefully, because someone is watching you.