Dishing the dirt.
I imagine, when this theme was submitted, the person wasn’t thinking about putting dirt on a dinner plate and taking it to a “bring a dish to pass” night.
And, likely, they weren’t chatting about some sort of baseball lingo with standing on the dirt behind the dish.
So, is it about blabbing gossip?
That’s a slight direction I want to take — more specifically, talking about social media.
In a month or two, I have a deeper idea about the world of social media I plan to write. For now, it’s about dishing the dirt. And, me wondering, why the hell do people do it?
It shocks me with how many times I see Facebook updates, or tweets, or even things on Instagram, that blatantly bash somebody else, whether it be as a person, their character or whatever else.
It’s one thing to pick up a phone, have some courage, and call somebody else. It’s another to throw it out there in the public for anybody to see.
Because, and this is where I laugh, it seems many people don’t understand that when it’s out there, it’s out there. You might be private, but depending on the social media, if it’s shared, liked, commented on or whatever else, it can often be seen by others.
That’s just how it works.
Technology truly is a wonderful thing. And, if you don’t think so, why are you reading this blog post? But, it can also be highly dangerous.
At one of the schools where I work, an internet cyberbullying expert came to talk a couple of months ago. He did different levels depending on the grade levels he was dealing with. But each one showed the dangers and power of the Internet. There are consequences to doing stupid things on the Internet, such as posting a lewd photo of yourself etc.
And there’s cyberbullying. And spreading gossip or talking about others. Or countless other things.
The results can be awful and heartbreaking, from suicide, to people getting into fights, or kidnappings etc. Those are on the truly bad spectrum — but they happen.
It’s also true that people can try and be clever with sayings, or masking names and such, but people still know.
Remember the old adage of “sticks and stones can break your bones, but names will never hurt me?”
That’s a boldface lie.
Especially in 2015 and if it’s out on the Internet. These things can’t be erased. They can’t be taken back.
So think about these things — no matter how old you are. Think about what you are saying, where it will be seen and by whom, and what kind of damage it could cause to a person or others you may not intend to go after. It’s not worth abusing technology.
In the end, think before you go dishing the dirt. The reputation you end up saving could be your own.
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