Saturday, 22 November 2008
Living Love In The Public Domain
Being a parent in the socially networked 21st century presents us with some firsts. In the past I'm sure parents heard about their children's bust ups and, of course, were there for the anger and tears, they didn't actually 'live through them'.
I find myself in the weird situation of watching the events unfold blow by blow on Facebook.
I'm witnessing wall messages that are like cries in the dark. Pointed jibes, bravado and all sorts...
What I find curious is that modern youngsters seem to have no inhibitions whatsoever in sharing what is a rather personal event.
Perhaps Facebook has been become a 'cyber-god'? An entity where love/hate messages are left for the god to influence the outcome.
On the other hand maybe its just a way of letting everyone know that 'frankly they don't give a damn'.
My dilemma is...should I comment on the wall or just leave it be? What would you do? Remain a voyeur? Cancel Facebook Account?, remove participants as friends until it has blown over? or join in? Facebookers must be gullible if they don't think people are watching and following...