Donald Sterling was the owner of the Los Angeles clippers since 1981. But in 2014 there was video leakage of him saying racist remarks against black people. The leakage spread fast and became top stories on sports networks. Donald Sterling could not stop it from spreading either. It seemed that the video of him was on every website. This was an example of lack of control because he couldn't control how much it spread.
To this day, if you went on the internet and looked up the Donald Sterling scandal, you can still find the video. Nothing he can do can take the video off the websites. This shows how permanence played into him. His reputation is forever ruined because it's always going to be online.
He couldn't stop it from being posted because it happened too fast. He never would expected his life to be ruined too fast but that's what happened. Immediacy played a huge role in this because he could have stopped it before it went online if immediacy was not a problem.This whole scandal banned him from any NBA game. Also, he had to give the NBA 2.5million because of his comments. Lastly he had to sell the clippers for 2 billion so he lost his whole franchise. All this because of some comments he thought nobody would hear.
Requirements for this project:
For this assignment, please find a story about an individual's use of social media (it can be a positive or negative use) and explain the story and the effects that this choice had on the individual's life or the life of others. Also, please explain how Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control played into the story and give the individual advice for their online life.
The Article I read was a negative article about a police officer who threatened a mothers daughter for the mom putting her child on facebook. He made cruel comments and threatening to take her away at night and criticising the mom for putting her on the internet. This accident impacted the police officer because he was then fired from his job and has multiple court hearings now. This will be bad for him in the future because all he had was being a police officer with not coming into that job with a college education and now that he was fired there's really nothing us for him to do that will pay his bills.
Things that we learned in class like Immediacy, Permanence, and lack of control played a big role in this article.
Let's start with the easy one, Lack of control. One this was posted it messed up his whole life. He had no control over what others did with this comment or what they had to say about it. Some was livid like M Gonzales and some thought he was just giving a friendly/ scary/ wisdom message like Tracy Whitham.
¨I think he was attempting to warn her that posting your child could put her in danger and to hug her because it could be her last. Stop posting or using your children. The Internet is open to a lot more than you realize.¨
¨Yeah! The Internet is also open to idiots like you. Same harm can come to adults as well. I suggest you stay off social media.¨
Permanency played a role because after he posted it although he deleted it others took it and it became viral. There was nothing that he could do about it and that's what made OPPD and OPPD police chief upset.
OPPD Police Chief Francis Donchez said. “It was obvious that our officer did not meet the standards of professionalism for the Overland Park Police Department. Overland Park has terminated the officer, effective immediately.”
The Last one that we learned about in class was Lack of control. It was simply nothing that he could do to make everything disappear from the world. Everyone of the points that we learned in class played a role in his case and everyone's else case. This made me reflect on what i post on the internet and it should make you be cautious about what you put on the internet as well.
My personal Advice to the officer was that he should have never said those comments even if he really did not mean to say them. If I had to say something to everyone I would say that Everyone should think before their post and make sure that what you say is not hurtful in a way you did not mean it to be.
Think Before you Post
Amanda Todd is mostly known for her YouTube post of her telling her story with flash cards. Her death was lead to cyberbullying(online and offline) and harassment. Her story started during a facetime online with some friends. They dared her to flash on camera, Amanda then flashed her friends, at first she didn’t think of the consequences. How immediacy in this story is that the next day (after Amanda Todd flashed her friends), the police came to Todd’s home, saying that someone took a picture of her flashing. The picture was posted online and became viral. Amanda tried her best to get it down, but a man took a screenshot of her chest and sent it to everyone she knows.
"I can never get that photo back," she wrote. "It's out there forever." quote Amanda Todd. This lack of control and performance is what drove Amanda to drugs,depression, cutting and a suicide attempt with bleach. Amanda also tried to escape her bullies by moving from towns and schools. Even though the picture was Amanda had the choice to flash or not, her lack of control online is what lead to her death. How permanence played in this story is that people who saw and took a screenshot of the picture would never forget about it. Also no one would let her forget about it either. If I ever had the chance to warn Amanda about her action, is that think before you do, because whatever you do it can haunt you forever.
When she was 13 Amanda Todd made a mistake she deemed harmless at the moment. That mistake snowballed until the end of her life two years later. When Amanda Todd was 15 she committed suicide, because she felt like she was trapped in a situation she had no control over. Her mistake was thinking she could trust someone she deemed trustworthy with pictures of her body. The person who took the pictures decided to distribute them throughout the internet which in turn fueled a campaign to cyberbully Todd. In the two years between Todd’s suicide and the pictures being spread, she turned to self-harm, alcohol and drugs to cope with the immense cyber bullying. Since she realized she couldn’t control the spread of the images or the bullying, she turned to things she felt she could control. She was in a situation she could not control because of social media and she chose to take control of the only thing she felt she could: her life. On October 10,2012 Todd took her life in a response to the bullying she received. Before you post, think about how it affects the other person.