Is Internet the new witch-hunt?
Life. One of the biggest cons of working on digital is that every day I read something that shocks me. But it’s called freedom of expression and, stupid as it may be, I usually close the window and keep doing my stuff. At the most, i write a polite comment expressing my disagreement. And that is all.
The truth is, the internet is one of the best inventions ever. It allows us to be within a click of everything we want to know, teaches us things, entertains us, inspires us and, if we really want to, makes us more educated and better people. But, as happens in real life, there is the reverse of the medal. In addition to the excess of empty content that goes around, internet feeds devious egos who take advantage of a false anonymity to pour hate. And hate is always bad, whether in the virtual or in real life, right?
At a time when the destruction of careers is at a distance of a click, moving the masses on the Internet and manipulating them to support someone's public lynching, is not it time to stop and think?
And, of course, this same hate stirs up revolts against certain people from time to time, in a kind of Kabbalah that I thought had stayed in the Middle Ages. And, if it is true that we all must have a voice, can we give ourselves the freedom to become judges of causes we do not even know about? At a time when the destruction of careers is at a distance of a click, moving the masses on the Internet and manipulating them to support someone’s public lynching, is not it time to stop and think?
I believe that anyone who has committed a crime should be punished for that. And I believe that the internet can give voice to who, otherwise, would not have it. But I also believe in evidence and presumption of innocence. This is what I learned at university and is one of the greatest mantras that guide my life. We all make mistakes and we all make less good choices. Throw the first stone who has never done anything wrong. So, what about stop letting go our frustrations and becoming more tolerant?
I mean, I refuse to be a part of the witch-hunt, whoever it is we are talking about. It’s not my cup of tea and I can’t understand how many people are so influenced to do and write bad things virtually. The internet is a spectacular place to be. As long as we respect each other. To judge there is a whole judicial system. No bench judges are needed. We will never agree with everything we read or see, but the best part is that there is a cross at the top of the screen that disconnects us from what we don’t want to see. Or an unfollow button to be no longer aware of someone’s existence. Easy right? If you don’t like it, don’t see it. It’s that simple. But please refrain from judging what you do not know or despise someone else’s work just because you think yours is the best one in the world. Sometimes an evil word can destroy someone. Think about that. We are different, we think differently and there is no harm in this. More respect and less hate, please.