Friday, July 18, 2014

Is Social Media the New Moral Police for our Society?

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m the author of the best-selling Super Spies series and I’m here today to talk about how social media has become the new moral police of this century.

I know what you’re thinking, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are the moral police? How do you figure?

The reason I’m drawing this conclusion is because this is the first time in our society where someone can take a picture or video and post it on a social media site. Where it can be viewed and probably shared by literally thousands. The post can go viral within hours.

Remember last year when an overweight bus driver was bullied on her bus?  Someone videotaped that particular scene and the post went viral. As a result, the bullies were reprimanded, even though the reprimand probably wasn’t severe enough, they didn’t get away with it.

We see all kinds of posts of celebrities behaving badly. We also see posts of Business owners engaging in cruel and heartless activities. The one I’m thinking of is the one about Michael Vick and his treatment of Fighting dogs who don’t quite make the grade.
Is this good for our society? 

Yes and no. Yes because it means everyone will be held accountable for their bad behavior. Celebrities and Power Players won’t be able to sweep things under the rug, like they have in the past.

The reason I feel it’s a problem is because; with our technology we have the ability to doctor up our videos and “create reality.” What I mean is we can make someone look like they’re behaving badly when in fact they aren’t.

This is scary. Imagine how this will affect our political campaigns. How do we prove whether or not a video has been doctored before the public sees it? We can’t. The video or post could go viral within a matter of hours before the victim can take steps to counteract this. In my opinion, it’s hard to recover from this type of sabotage. 

Needless to say, this type of situation can have life altering consequences.
What do you think about the role social media is playing in our society? Is it good or bad? I’d love to read your thoughts, so please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when their missing parents’ cell phone is traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah finds out he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can the Super Spies stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

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