Two stories have stood out in the news recently. Stories that couldn’t be further apart in content but yet both have gone “viral”. That is seen by millions on the internet.
You cannot have failed to hear about Fenton the dog last week in this one:
I must have been the only person in the whole world who didn’t find this at all funny. To me this is the “video where are a dog chases deer into the path of oncoming traffic”. How it didn’t cause an accident we will never know.
It shows to me a wholly irresponsible dog owner who doesn’t have his dog under control. And does he really think that buy screaming at the dog it is going to pay him any attention? Apparently the dog was loose for over an hour.
That owner should be prosecuted.
And then yesterday we heard about this one (I should warn you that this is VERY EXPLICIT AND RACIST LANGUAGE if you haven’t heard about it:
At tea time we did see that the lady in this video had been arrested. What struck me most about this video is that this poor lad on her knee shows no reaction. None at all. He is not saying “mummy shhhh” or putting his hands over her mouth. He is not reacting at all. Sitting and absorbing all that is going on around him.
Seems to me he is used to this kind of behaviour. Seems that his mum is used to behaving in this way around him, certainly as she is told to be quiet by another passenger and refuses to. And that terrifies me and really needs to be investigated beyond this arrest.
What connects these two videos though is that we now live in a society that thinks nothing of taking a photo of a stranger, or in these cases a video, and uploading it to the web.
Should that be allowed? Should we be permitted to do that, asking thousands of strangers to judge our spectacular falls from grace?
We all make mistakes. And we should be punished for those mistakes, by the appropriate authorities. But should we have our mistake uploaded to Youtube and viewed by two million people?
What for that little boy today? I don’t think he deserves to have his mummy judged in this way by millions of people the world over. Yes, she has said the most horrific things. Don’t get me wrong. Not for one second am I defending her actions. But should we be allowing these “Trial by YouTube”
The dog’s owner has been traced and is possibly facing prosecution. This woman, had she not been arrested, possibly faced a lynching this morning and that makes me feel very uncomfortable.
This is my Day 29 post for #NaBloPoMo