By Kenneth Justice
~ “So Kenneth, yea, I guess looking back at it all; the writing was on the wall that something wasn’t on the up and up but I needed a paycheck so I stayed…..and well, the FBI raided the office and all I can say is thank god that I didn’t do anything illegal!”
It had been awhile since I heard from one of my coffee house friends until a few months back when I got a call one night,
“Where the hell have you been?” I asked, “What’s it been, at least a year since we’ve talked….what have you been up to?”
“Well Kenneth, ya know that job I’ve been working at…..well I guess there’s a reason we were getting so much business in our line of work when nobody else was; a number of things the owner was doing weren’t on the up-and-up and so as I was sitting at my desk the other day the FBI came barging into our office and confiscated all of our computers, laptops and documents and that’s it for my job!” he said
Of course, while I felt bad that my buddy had lost his job I couldn’t help but tell him how thankful I was that at least he wasn’t in on the illegal activity or else he would have lost a lot more than his job. This company is probably known by most everyone in my community since they were very popular via a slew of commercials they aired over the last couple years but since the FBI investigation is still ongoing; I know better than to blab names so my lips are sealed regarding any of the particular details…not that I know anything worth knowing.
I can’t help but wonder if my friend had any strong inklings about the illegal activity that was going on with his boss, but I guess sometimes in life we are willing to turn our eyes away in order to make a living; sometimes we have to make tough choices because we want to keep our electric and heating bill paid-up-to-date! Is it possible that sometimes in life we can justify getting into bed with the enemy?
For the past week I’ve been feeling a little bit hypocritical; I’ve written numerous articles over the past year questioning the value and worth of social networking sites like Facebook…..yet after a friend of mine publicized a couple articles for me last weekend via Twitter, Facebook, and a couple other sites…my web traffic has been through the roof. So here I am, Kenneth, who is not a big fan of Social Networking; yet thanks to Social Networks my articles have been read by hundreds of thousands of readers in the last few days.
Is it hypocritical? Ironic? Have I caved in? I’m not sure…..but at least I can say I’m not collaborating with a boss who is about to get indicted by the FBI! Although I’m sure a lot of people hate Mark Zuckerberg so much that they wouldn’t lose sleep if he was arrested……not that I ‘hate’ Zuckerberg, but I still wonder if Facebook (and other similar sites) are contributing to the breakdown of deeper conversation and connection.
Is Social Networking changing the way we communicate for the worse? That’s been the question I’ve been asking myself since 2009 when I first created my Facebook account. While Social Networks are a GREAT way to stay in touch with relatives overseas and friends who are far-away……I have this nagging fear in the back of my mind that Social Networks could possibly be contributing to the slow death of deeper and more meaningful conversations….
—-) When I see young adults appear to be unable to string sentences longer than 140 characters I get concerned
—-) When I see people of all ages spending twice as much time reading status updates in a day then they spend engaging in real-life conversation with people I get concerned
—-) When I see Social Networks used to perpetuate gossip and slander at a greater level than ever in the past I get concerned
Like all things it comes down to moderation and how we use a tool…..right? Isn’t Facebook just that; a tool. We can use it positively…..or we can use it negatively. An airplane is a great tool we can use to travel great distances…..but like we saw on 9/11 if we aren’t careful even an airplane can be used for evil.
Isn’t that the message we need to teach our children; that we shouldn’t allow ‘tools’ to run our lives? We shouldn’t become too obsessed with cell phones and social networks……right?
So maybe Social Networks aren’t the enemy; perhaps I didn’t sleep with the enemy this past week……but if I didn’t; then why do I feel so guilty?
Gosh I really need another coffee this morning,
If you haven’t heard I’m currently on a national and worldwide tour of coffee shops. My next stops include Atlanta, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia….click on the homepage of my website for dates and locations; I’d love to have coffee with you!
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