I is for Internet.
I’m going to take this opportunity to rant about something that has been bothering me for a while. Recently, a story surfaced in South Carolina about a lawsuit against someone who took a picture of a six year old they did not know and posted it online, mocking the six year old’s appearance.
People on my Facebook friends list do this all the time, photographing strangers and uploading them to social media for their own amusement. It’s one thing when someone uploads a video to YouTube doing something stupid. That’s their choice. But someone who stepped out in public shouldn’t have to think about whether or not you’re going to snap a picture of them on your smartphone, and then upload that picture mocking them, without their consent and for your own amusement. It’s heartless and mean, and yet somehow people act as if it is their right.
I don’t understand it. I just know I wouldn’t want my photograph taken and uploaded without my knowledge. I wouldn’t do it to someone else. It’s basically passive aggressive bullying.
The Internet is dark and full of trolls, but when did this kind of thing become acceptable?