Free Speech and Social Media

October 13 2011
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A few days ago my rant on Facebook statuses brought up an argument on free speech. The argument being that people have a right to say whatever they want whenever they want.

Of course, I believe that this is true. People can post whatever they want on Facebook. But should they? In my opinion, no.

Listen , a few years ago you could have a online identity completely separate from your real one. The two weren’t as connected as they are now. You could have a whole world online that the people in your real life knew nothing about.

But now thanks to things like, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, it is harder to remain anonymous online. The people in your real life can find you. Trust me, this has been a hard fact for me to accept, but it is a fact. Because of this, people need to accept that what they do and say online can have real life consequences.

I have read a lot of articles that say that employers are checking out perspective employees online, looking at their Facebook and Twitter accounts and wherever else they may have an online presence. Let me ask you this, if you are interviewing for a new job would you want your perspective employer to see you bitching about your current job? Do you think that would make them want to hire you?

You shouldn’t be bashing your job, your boss, your family or your friends on Facebook and Twitter. It just isn’t appropriate, and the only person it makes look bad is you. So let me ask you this, why would you want to use your free speech to make yourself look bad? That just doesn’t make sense.

I’ve know said things on Facebook, Twitter, and maybe even this blog, that I probably shouldn’t have, after all nobody’s perfect, even if I like to think I am. :) But I try noy to do or say anything online that affects how the people in my life see me. While I may not care what people think of me, that doesn’t mean I want to be seen as a whiner, complainer or drama queen. So, I can’t let myself forget that there are real people reading my blog, Facebook and Twitter. People that I have to look in the eye everyday.

So, what do you think? Is it inappropriate to post certain things online? What do think about people who bash their jobs, and bosses on Facebook? Or talk trash about their family and friends? Or have you been lucky and never had to see these kind of posts? Let me know in the comments.

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10 Responses to “Free Speech and Social Media”

  1. Annie Says:

    I agree! I enjoyed stalking your blog, Paula. I’ll be back :)Annie


    geeky_shopaholic Reply:

    Thanks Annie! I’m glad you came by! :)


  2. Nina B Says:

    You are absolutely right. Of course people can cry “free speech” but it’s kind of an immature and unrealistic way to look at the world. I like how you said it–just because you CAN say anything doesn’t mean you should.
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    geeky_shopaholic Reply:

    Thanks Nina! :)


  3. Dayle Fraschilla Says:

    I think my novel of a comment on the “I hate my job” post pretty much covers this one too ;)
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    geeky_shopaholic Reply:

    LOL I enjoyed your “novel” comment! Thank you!:)


    Dayle Fraschilla Reply:

    Hehe, yay!
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  5. Sharon Says:

    First of all, I am so sorry that I am behind on reading others blogs…I could have sworn I added you to my follow list but I haven’t been receiving your posts, so apparently not! :(

    I agree with you…I know I have, myself, been guilty, once or twice, but I try not to do this. I especially try not to post anything about my hubby aggravating me or stressing me out at times. I don’t want people to get the wrong impression and I also don’t want people butting in and suggesting “divorce” over trivial issues. I have seen it happen with friends when they post about their spouse and it makes me mad. Every couple fights and there was a time where you just kept it to yourself or maybe griped to ONE friend on the phone….now we all seem to have an urge to post the gripes on Facebook and EVERYONE can now see them and I can just imagine the gossip that then ensues….”So and so are having a rocky marriage, they are always fighting, I bet they get a divorce.” UGH! But when you post gripes constantly, what do you expect people to think, right? You have to learn when to draw the line….and I’m going to stop here because this is turning into a blog post on YOUR post!
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    Paula Reply:

    Exactly! People just over share on Facebook. Like you said, it use to be just a close friend, but now people just tell everyone their business. And it’s kind of like they don’t even realize that that is what they are doing.

    Oh, and I enjoyed your blog post on my post! LOL


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