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Judging Others in Social Media - The Beam in Your Eye vs. the Speck in your Neighbor's

Judging Others in Social Media -  The Beam in Your Eye vs. the Speck in your Neighbor's | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Judging and Social Media:    Most of the time I hate judgement and I have seen plenty of it lately…mostly on Facebook. People judge

  • Philip Seymore Hoffman for his drug overdose,  
  • the Seattle Seahawks player for losing his cool after heading to the Super Bowl, t
  • Payton Manning for saying something nice to Richard Sherman after his injury
  •  Jahi McMath’s family for wanting to give her time 
  • and let’s not even touch on the Coke Commercial that aired during the Super Bowl and has caused such a controversy [DN: comments about languages, ethnocentrism...]

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Yesterday was Facebook’s 10 year anniversary, and they did a really cool thing which was to allow people to LOOK BACK via a video of highlights of our life on Facebook in one minute. 
      

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What can you ever really know of other people’s souls— of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? 

     
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The one thing that stood out to me was that 99% of the video’s were mostly about family events and milestones.
       
 

Do you think our friends would have watched so many if they were all about our careers?
     

Again…

   

"What can you ever really know of other people’s souls— of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands." —C. S.  LEWIS  

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Missy Caulk is a very caring, sharing person who knows of what she speaks, in more depth than many of you will ever know.   Wise words.   ~  Deb

Reference:  'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?   Luke 6:42   A passage about hypocrisy in the Bible.  

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Another perspective on Obama's Funeral Selfie: Why Context Matters

Another perspective on Obama's Funeral Selfie: Why Context Matters | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"In politics, image is king, and every politician knows it. President Obama knows it more than most, having been having been caught in one or two pictures that hand his opponents, rightly or wrongly, a gift of a story."


Excerpted:

First of all, this wasn't strictly a funeral; certainly not the solemn dressed-in-black occasion we often associate with the term. It was a four-hour stadium-sized memorial celebrating the life and works of the beloved Madiba, a riot of colorful dancing and singing. Think New Orleans meets the World Cup.


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...it would be churlish (and diplomatically inept) to refuse ...
   

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... " it was Thorning-Schmidt taking the picture...it would be churlish (and diplomatically inept) to refuse — especially if the sober British Prime Minister David Cameron was already in on the fun."

"...add speech balloons. Perhaps Thorning-Schmidt is saying, "Let's commemorate this amazing moment and the life of an incredible man with a joyous group photo." Maybe Michelle is thinking, "Man, I wish there were room for me in that picture." 

http://mashable.com/2013/12/10/obama-funeral-selfie/

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The media website, Mashable, added to stirring up a political media frenzy by posting this seemingly injudicious selfie early in the day. Later, they offered a 2nd post with "context."  Page views may, in the end, win the day, for their business model.

It does cause us to pause and ask, "Is there another perspective?"   Just about always, there is.   As negative commentary was was shared on many Facebook pages, the question became, "Why be the judge & jury, especially if your politics are hanging out?"


From what I've seen from the videos of the Mandela memorial event in the stadium and on my Facebook timeline, the"celebration" focus of the event, far from US  "funeral" ethnocentric views,  wins the day.  ~  D

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