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This week's editorial

This week's editorial from senior editor Joan Ritchie

This morning I had a good laugh during an early morning conversation with ‘the guy’ who makes coffee for me every morning. He usually gets up a lot earlier than I do and he shares the news on the street and anything else of interest going on in the world that he has read that morning. This random comment was made after an article he read and says:  

“I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook, while applying same principles. However, every day I walk down the street and I tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later, and with whom I pass out pictures of the family and a pic of My dog Israel. I also listen to their conversations and give 👍 up and tell’m I ‘Like’ them, and it works just like Facebook! I already have four people following me: Two Police officers, a private investigator, and a psychiatrist ....”

Now, doesn’t that tell it all!

Social media has never been ‘my thing’…as I don’t believe that everyone in the country and beyond…friends or friends-of-friends, or twice-removed-and-beyond friends, need to know everything about me, my life, my dog or cat, my daily comings-and-goings, yada…yada…

If I have something noteworthy to report on a personal level, I contact the people who matter in my life, by either phone or personal email or text. I don’t feel the need to blab it to the world!  

As well, when people post stuff on social media, it’s usually something about themselves touting their own horn, or something about someone else that could be construed as gossip, I guess.  And who’s to say the information is true and accurate?  So much of what is posted on social media, it seems, comes from anonymous sources, as well, and probably has very-little-to-no credibility in the information shared anyway.  

If there are noteworthy items to report, that’s what reputable media sources such as newspaper and online newspapers are for, especially community papers where the people in your neighbourhood know if you are stating a fact, truth or otherwise and usually let you know. Not the ones that distort the truth to promote their own agendas and even many media sources that are controlled and censored by governments. To me, there’s something terribly wrong when people and business sell out their soul, conscience and integrity, for the almighty dollar.  

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.  

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