Today’s post is quite a bit different from topics I usually cover. However, many of you have probably heard about the shooting that took place in Virginia and today I was wondering what is happening with the media and internet.
I do reside in Virginia but I was unfamiliar with the shooter and in fact, I didn’t even know it had happened until I hopped on social media and heard about the disturbing video. Before, I get started with the post I do want to say that my heart goes out to the families of the victims because no one should have to watch that video.
Brief Background of the Shooting
Vester Lee Flanagan filmed himself in a POV video on live television and then posted the video online on social media. (I watched the video and it is still online, but I am very disturbed by it so I won’t be posting it here or linking to it).
The shooter worked at WDBJ-TV with the victims, but he was fired for anger issues. Twitter and Facebook suspended both of his accounts shortly after he shared the video. Flanagan has been reported dead and one of the victims is currently in the hospital, but the media is still having a field day promoting the video.
What Has Social Media Turned Into
In Virginia over the years, we have had other shootings that went viral. However, I cannot recall seeing any videos that showed exactly what took place. I am also not 100% sure of all of the details with this most recent shooting, but it has caused an uproar. I use social media daily to promote various things and I have seen various things trend that I would never think someone would use social media for. For example, the teen who sent out a threatening tweet last year.
However, now this really makes me wonder what social media has turned into.
Twitter and Facebook acted quickly to taking down the accounts, but YouTube on the other hand still has the video live on multiple accounts.
This leaves me concerned as a mom of kids.
While everyone else is on the web discussing how the victims should have seen him holding the weapon for 35 seconds before he fired, how this is a hate crime, and why guns need to be banned, I am thinking something very different.
Is social media safe for our kids?
As an adult, I was disturbed by the video and so I could only imagine how much this could damage a child. My boys, thankfully, are not on social media yet but what will really be going on once they do reach that age where they have social media accounts? No one should have to see something like that, it’s already bad enough reading about these types of stories, but having it pop up in front of your face on video is an entirely different thing.
Have you heard about this story or seen the video? What are your thoughts on this viral shooting video?