I don’t normally repost “press statements” but one came across my desk just now that I’d appreciate your taking the time to read.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists wishes to express its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all those touched by yesterday’s tragic events in Annapolis. We continue to recognize the uncommon bravery exhibited by columnists and all journalists who regularly place their names on articles, columns, and mastheads for all to see. The tragic death of Rob Hiaasen is particularly painful because he was one of us, a columnist, and his brother Carl Hiaasen received the NSNC Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
I’ve written a good bit lately about how we’re descending into an new kind of American Webolution. A gentle (if not delusional) way of saying “We’re falling part.”
When people take up guns, warning of coming outage on social medias websites – giving up the option of civil discourse – our future dissolves before us. They are declaring open season on the rest of us. A threat on social is a threat to all.
We each have a choice of conscience to make: To become the “partisans” and “take it to the street” which will surely bring on a digital dark age.
Or, we can ratchet it down. Turn of the shrill news pandering to extremes. Talk to people about matters of heart and spirit instead of issues of the street. Talk not test, phone not post. I beg you, consider the less inflammatory path.
It’s a free country, of course. Ya’ll are welcome to carry on the social media-based webolution, Do note however: Thursday’s tragedy in Annapolis – like others – had its roots in social media. Yeah – from whence springs webolutionary violence.
I hope, like me, you are not about division but about Unity. Isn’t it time to dial-back social and return to our national senses?
End the Webolution! – the one marketing hate. Hate Trump, hate authority, hating work, hating traditional money, hating “all that is nott-me.” On a signpost up ahead: “Megalomania is afoot and the new Hitlers live for Likes.”
There may come a time when the Constitutional Government will have to “unplug” social media to save the country as digital partisanship spreads..
An absurdity? No.
When no one listens, we will ALL hear bullets. Though at first, they will sound like clicks….
George Ure, Member, National Association of Newspaper Columnists