Last week, like most people, I was glued to my laptop and TV as reports came in about what had happened in Boston. And, like most people, I watched as news organizations clamored to report information, even if it was false information, and noticed how quickly some people jumped at the chance to put their voices “out there” in response to the tragedy.
Back in the day, newspapers and news anchors were the only voices you heard when something awful happened, but now, as we’ve seen here on the blog, including after Sandy Hook which was pretty much the worst thing ever, everyone has a chance to make their thoughts and feelings known to the public via social media. Usually I’m all for people ‘having a voice’, and I think social media provides an excellent outlet for news to be distributed and for people to come together in times of sorrow. But the question I have is, WHY do people always have to make this shit about them?
Whenever there’s a mass attack in the U.S., I receive an onslaught of submissions about people who “use” the event as a way to seem sympathetic, or to appear like they want to be part of the larger conversation, when really all they want to do is talk about themselves or their kids. After going through dozens of submissions, I’ve narrowed down the most egregious examples in this mega round-up as a plea to parents (and to everyone, really) to stop talking during crises. If you want to say you’re upset, or concerned or angry, go for it. But don’t do it in the same breath that you talk about your kid’s soccer game. It’s a bad look. Trust me. I wrote about this subject in my column on Mommyish, and now here are several more examples of how NOT to talk about the Boston bombings (or any awful incident) on social media:
1. Lighter Notes
Aw, shucks, Fawn. Ain’t life grand? I mean except when it’s not, when you have to worry about the state of the world and whatnot, but other than that? When you can just sit back and enjoy being a baseball mom, making cookies with Ms. Pat and talking about how to get out grass stains? That is the best. LOVE it.
2. Thoughts and Prayers
WOO HOO Olivia! 5 big girl steps! How amazing is it that on the exact same day that several people had to get their limbs amputated, Olivia took her first official steps! This blogger is perplexed by Leslie’s unintentional ignorance. :)