Thursday, February 16, 2012

Upon the Housetops...

The title of this post may bring to mind a jolly old elf in a red suit, but that's not quite what I wanted to talk about today. Consider this passage of scripture:

"Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops."  —Luke 12:3

Now think of this scripture with regard to FaceBook, YouTube, Twitter, and other social media. I heard a little lately about a certain ill-behaved "musician" (using the term very loosely) who won a Grammy last weekend and showed further poor behavior when reacting to some things said to/about him by others via Twitter. I read that within moments he reconsidered and deleted his offensive rants, but not before the tweets were captured by thousands; therefore they will live on forever in cyberspace, "proclaimed upon the housetops" if you will. Now consider the following, written by a wise and concerned young man:

"Nowadays, filming something and putting it on YouTube is as easy as taking out your phone, pressing a button to film, then pressing another to post. I predict that this will become an issue as my generation grows up and incorporates into the adult world. How weird would it be to see a video of your young women’s president Jello wrestling at a BYU frat party? Or a video surfacing of your bishop taking a bong hit when he was a teenager? Your wife (or mom) making out with some greasy skateboarder in high school? Will things like this impact you when you are a boss? A doctor? An elementary school teacher? It causes problems today, but I predict that when today’s carefree younger generation grows up, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media permanently floating around cyberspace are going to become extremely irritating. What do you think?"

Just some food for thought on a Thursday afternoon, something for kids and adults of all ages to consider. For the complete article including video, go HERE

"Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."  —Plato