Saturday, March 21, 2015

The McDonald's beating video


That's the first word many people will say after watching the horrific McDoanalds beat down video on the afternoon of March 9th - - not just the fight but also how many people watched it happen and were recording it instead of calling 911.   It all happened with classmates fron nearby Erasmus High School, once the crown jewel of Brooklyn, were involved in a fight - - at least six punks ganged up on a lone victim - to the point where she fell to the floor.  One of the girls kept fighting after her jacket and blouse were removed during the melee  - - showing her bra.    As the fight progressed, "spectators" formed a circle around the "ring" and cheered the thugs on as they continued pummeling the girl.  Nobody within the circle called 911 or stried to stop the fight, they we recording the fight which was later posted all over YouTube and Facebook. 

But all of the girls involved, including the victime, enjoyed it.  Why?  Because social media now connects to the world via. videos, pictures, and story links.  The fight was posted all over YouTube and Facebook, allowing these girls to brag what they did - - now all 6 girls are facing gang assault and robbery charges.  One of the teens, Aniah Ferguson (the one who had the jacket and blouse removed during the fight) had 6 prior arrests since she turned 16 last summer, including an attack on her grandmother and brother in seperate incidents. and yet she is the mother of a 1 year old.  The so-called "victim"  Arinia Taylor, bragged about being famous after the beatdown video surfaced all over the internet.  And the so-called community leaders came out saying their usual "wakeup call"    nonsense as they said nothing before about the hundereds of various fighting videos all over social media for years - nor the fact that many black on black crimes happen in their community. 

It might be controversial what I am going to say but I serously think we should eliminate all forms of social media, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc completely as well stop mass production of cell phones and smartphones.  It might be sad to think about it but Americans functioned well in the 1990's and before when there were no cell phones, no internet, no Facebook, no Tweeting, no poking, and cameras used film instead of memory cards. We don't have to worry about drivers texting while driving.  Social media is supposed to engage people around the world by exchanging ideas, posting pictures ad videos and spreading the message.  I love looking at Facebook all the time and seeing people sharing messages about Jesus Christ for us to share or type "Amen" is beautiful.   Making people laugh at funny pictures (Kermit the Frog drinking comes to mind) or that hillarous video prank is awesome too.   But when a select few destroy the purpose of social media by bragging what crime they committed so they they can be famous then we should eliminate all of it.  On the other hand, the "bragging" has help law enforcement trmendously in apprehending criminals and felons, such as  Eddie Smith from Texas who bragged on Facebook about having 16 warrants issued against him (he actuially had 14 outstanding warrants) when authorities arrested him.

Just try a week without your phone outside of making phone calls.

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