“I disagree“…Ronnie to a Poster regarding an ongoing Facebook debate.
When posting some personal mess on Facebook, immediate family is USUALLY aware of said situation. I say, “Usually” because that isn’t always the case. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is more annoying to me, then to read something KNOWING all of the family has not been informed. Back in my day (Before FB), and yes I am that old, we had a thing where we’d pick up the phone and call when good news/bad news had to be broken. Now, with the advent of Ambulance Reporters, news….good or bad…travels at the speed of light…it sucks, because it’s disrespectful, and makes grieving public. Almost like taking the act of pooping and putting it on the front page…..Paparazzi…..if you think Facebook is an acceptable medium for finding out your family has died…..You’re an asshole….and I’m just being honest.
Keeping up with a local scanner page, I read the police had sectioned off a part of the lake, to retrieve a car that had driven off a pier. Allegedly, the little sister had called friends, instead of 911, as she was sinking…we don’t know why…it’s not the point of this column. The point is that Danville lost a Little Sister, and some found out about it, via Facebook. KY-3, a local news channel from my youth, posted a picture of a pick up truck involved in an accident on I-44. The accident was a fatality, with the driver and her child, losing their lives. The Coroner had not yet been to the scene of the accident….The victim’s husband, was able to READ that his wife and CHILD had been killed in the accident…
Everybody is the freaking paparazzi now, everyone wants a piece of the attention pie, and since we don’t have to deal with family grief, we don’t have to care what happens to someone once they know. A poster on the Scanner page said yesterday, “She was my cousin…I found out on Facebook”. We have no business playing Paparazzi, reputable news outlets have no business playing Paparazzi. It IS WRONG to break the news of a loved ones death via Facebook, and Twitter, and Instagram! I can’t believe that there are those who defended the FB notification. “Who cares, as long as we find out” was their response….Do you really want to find out about your child’s death via someone’s tag? Don’t be scummy. Death is still the great equalizer. Can we not make it a little more bearable for the one who just found out? Kindness is free….Silence is Golden…Grace is Divine. Out of the three….Silence is the most blessed….Be Silent, and let the family grieve. Be Blessed.
Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Sunday.