When Anthony Weiner sends naked selfies to strangers, he demonstrates actions which get kids kidnapped. A Missoulian editorial lists the dangers of what it discreetly terms “oversharing.” It correctly chastises the misuse of social media as “antisocial.” To update this phenomenon, it offers insight into “Confession pages” which brag about inappropriate and indecent behavior while seeking to inspire envy among the immature.
The Missoulian editorial warns: “So-called ‘confession’ pages on Facebook are catching on like wildfire, primarily spread by teens and young adults who haven’t yet learned the value of privacy, modesty or common decency. On the contrary, these pages are places where immature minds congregate to brag about dangerous and illegal behaviors centering on drug use, alcohol abuse and irresponsible sex.”
Generously, the Washington Post diagnoses a “collective identity crisis” in Anthony Weiner’s behavior, shared by all who use social media, but does this excuse have any bearing on Weiner’s actions? As this experienced professor knows, high school teachers, guidance counselors, and college instructors regularly remind students of the high price of immature behavior. Online advice harps constantly on the mistake of leaving a demonic electronic trail behind a job applicant.
Still, Weiner perseveres in his mindless behavior, inspiring chortles and smirks from the media and collegues alike, as this observation in the Washington Post reveals: “Everyone, including Weiner, cracked up when he was asked if he prefers Facebook or Twitter. The cameras clicked [at his press conference on July 24, 2013]. Is this a description of a press conference or a middle school locker room get-together?
Taking this development one step farther, Anthony Weiner has managed to turn his press conferences into “Confessions,” too. Take a number, Weiner. Numerous institutions offer a chance to confess sins and infractions of the law, as need arises. Parents begging their children not to ruin their futures by sending naked pictures to their online contacts are NOT laughing. Parents and teachers and guidance counselors can vote their hearts, too.
For additional information, please see the following:
“‘Confession’ pages misuse of social media: Parents need to monitor what kids, teens are doing online and talk about dangers of oversharing.” Missoulian editorial. <http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/editorial/confession-pages-misuse-of-…
Ehrenfreund, Max. “Anthony Weiner, ‘Carlos Danger’ become focus of New York mayoral race.” Washington Post. <www.washingtonpost.com/politics/anthony-weiner-carlos-danger-beco….