Tag Archive: reporting

Today’s Example of Social Media Gone Wild;

Did some “reporter” actually reveal a “Secret Drone Base” and list the locations on the Internet?

Yes, our safety and the war on pirates and terrorism is being lost due to loose lips (or fingertips).  What is the point of the military doing their jobs and trying to protect us if yo-yos keep revealing all the plans and weapons so that the enemies can prepare for them or send some suicide idiot in to destroy the equipment?

This story did not reveal a scandal or misuse of public funds.  It does not tell of anyone being mistreated or abused.  No animals were tested on or injured.  This is a simple story of the military and government doing their JOB for once, and should have been kept under wraps with the location redacted.  But NO, some hot shot wannabe and their editor deemed this story worthy of being a “scoop” and therefore endangered lives all over the good ol’ US of A.  There is a reason some documents and communiques are classified, thank you.

A better point of view would be to talk about the technology aspect of the drones and the amount of jobs building of the drones created, not reveal their uses or launching and storage locations.

Next time you hear of someone being kidnapped on the open ocean or killed by terrorist bombs, please thank JoAnn Allen, her editor and all like them for rampant, irresponsible reporting.

I’m just saying.


Darth VaderTechnology, like most man-made things can be used for good or evil.  At it’s finest, technology can make our lives easier, connect us to family and friends, create opportunities for business expansion and provide great entertainment.  These are tools to keep us informed and help us make decisions and be productive.

And yet, there are clear abuses of technology showing that every thing can have a dark side.  From self-important snobbery creating business chaos like Tumblr at Fashion Week, to the complete destruction of journalistic integrity demonstrated  by News of the World staffers hacking phones, voice mail and text messages.

The answer to both of these issues and more is in the hands of the public; stop using these businesses and services.  Don’t follow anyone who blogs on the site and don’t read any stories by that publication.  The Internet provides nearly unlimited sources of ethical, entertaining information.  There is no need for writers to be tainted by unethical companies or for readers to spend their valuable time supporting venues that refuse to operate in an ethical and respectful manner.

This is the age of the consumer; use your Social Media power to force news providers to be fair and respectful (as News of the World learned the hard way).

Power to the people.

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