Colors Of Life Photography interrupts your regularly scheduled wedding related blog post to bring you this:
The internet is an amazing thing; a tool with endless power. We may never travel to Thailand, but the internet makes it possible to experience far away lands from the warm seat in our living room. The web can build fortune 500 companies; it can sway a presidential election. The internet can bring fame to an unknown Joe; it can strip fame from the biggest movie star. Of course, there is a downside to all of this power; the loss of humanity and empathy online. Recently, we at Colors Of Life have seen the most amazing humanitarian stories being share on the internet. We have seen child prodigies exploring their talents and zest for life. We have seen a world embracing people from every walk of life whether it be culture, race, gender, sexual orientation and so on. We have seen people helping other people and even animals saving other animals. These online communities have been a tremendous resource even for us here at Colors Of Life growing our own business. We have also seen the dark side, however…the side where people anonymously make mean-spirited, hate-filled comments to these stories, and it can be heartbreaking.
Browse any of your favorite blogs or news sources, and you’re sure to see trending topics littered with negative and unconstructive commentary. We refer to it as “Keyboard Courage.” For some reason, there are a few people who feel empowered to type whatever they want without consequence. They think that they can remain anonymous and be as slanderous as they would like. The internet has revealed a bunch of, for lack of a better term, cowards. When did it become acceptable to openly criticize a child prodigy for their energy, a stranger for their weight or complexion, or a person for their sexual orientation. We always say that people would not go to the grocery store in person and look the cashier in his eyes and tell him something disturbingly negative about himself. Over-all, they just wont. Why? Humanity. We would never do this to someone’s face because most of us are genetically hardwired to live by the golden rule, “Treat others as you would want to be treated.” However, the internet seems to have immunity from the golden rule. Just because something is easier to say hidden behind a keyboard does not make it right. Morals should still apply. We do believe, though, we will see a shift away from this activity with the most current ruling by the Virginia Court Of Appeals that YELP must turn over the names of “anonymous” reviewers who have attempted to destroy a local carpet cleaning business as reported in The Washington Post. Let’s all make an effort to bring humanity back to this cyber world known as the internet. The cyber world can be an amazing place. It brings so many creative and positive things to our fingertips. It’s even the place we often interact with our own Colors Of Life families…our brides and grooms…and seniors…and our friends. Its the place we share the most amazing stories from our own clients and their families. Its the place we get to showcase the beauty of all of our wonderful brides. As we say sometimes, “everyone’s beautiful…it’s peoples eyes and hearts that can be ugly”. For us, every bridal couple we have worked with is beautiful…every senior we have shot is amazing…every person we encounter is worthy of human respect.
Here are a couple of links to some interesting perspectives on this topic. Check them out if you have a minute or two.
Don’t let Keyboard Courage get the best of you. Everyone is a good person at heart. Show your heart. Think before you type.
We now return you to your regularly schedule wedding related blog posts.