WHAT DOES THE VENUE OF VIOLENCE IN LONDON HAVE TO DO WITH US??....The same Social Media Phenomenon May Already Be Here!
In London tonight, there were interviews of some these young thugs who are creating the awful chaos in the streets in several cities in Briton. What is the reason they are doing this? "We want our taxes back"...says one woman: "It's the rich that are causing this---we want to show the rich that we can do anything we want to do!"...and:"We want the same things that others have"! These are poor people, unemployed; most of who live in a city that feeds them, clothes them and gives them free medical care....
The evening news tonight mentions that the NYPD is planning a way to track Blackberry usage in New York City, in the event that what has happened in Philadelphia starts to happen here.
I sense a rumbling of unrest here in this country with the attacks on innocent people in Philadelphia. Attacks of thuggery to beat up and rob folks just so these "Flash Mobs" can feel like they are getting their "fair share". I saw a young man get beaten and knocked to the ground--when another man helped him up and 4 others came and joined him in robbing the young, bleeding man of anything of value in his backpack!!! Is this a symptom of what happens when the "Socialization" of America unfolds? Can we expect this to spread across the country much like it is spreading in England?
The challenge in all of this is how to try to stop or end or control these mobs of youthful thugs when they have a way of gathering at the drop of a hat via texting on Twitter--plan a place to meet, meet and go after the innocent (or the rich) for what ever you can get!!! The VENUE OF VIOLENCE is a social media phenomenon.
Because of the freedom and lack of "laws" surrounding the internet and social media, we are watching as the whole package of technology and Twitter (and other social websites) open up a venue for violence that we have no way to predict or to manage.
IS ANYONE ELSE WATCHING THIS UNFOLD? I wrote a post 2 nights ago and I have added it right here in case you missed it...
RIOTS, REVOLUTIONS, FLASH MOBS ALL!....Are They ALL A Result Of The Miss-use of Social media???
This morning I was reading how the riots in London were organized through the use of Facebook and Twitter!!! Tonight, watching the news I see that the Philadelphia Mayor has put a curfew on all teens under 18 to keep them off the street at night, after Flash Mobs, organized on social websites, were attacking people on the streets and robbing them and beating them to a pulp!!! In addition to the political unrest and the mobs--there are the personal attacks and manipulations of young people, young women especially by predators on social websites....and what about the known numerous victims of crime, murder specifically, from predators on Craigslist???
Are these another indication of a pattern of violence that is fueled by the ability to organize through texting and using Social Networks???
In the past 2 years I have written several posts on the world of Social Networking and it's over-whelming impact on certain situations and populations of the world:
- Vulnerable and youthful victims
- The poor and downtrodden
- Racial Unrest
- Personal safety
Below are just 3 of the posts that I have written about the use of the 2 most used Social Networks:
Now, this is the 4th one and it does not look good to me; are we going to be the next victims of this "new" source of social unrest? I can sense that there is a random possibility of unrest here in America...I am not writing this to alarm people. I AM WRITING THIS TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT WE HAVE HAD A WARNING WITH THE LONDON RIOTS....It can happen here!
We are going through such tumultuous times that it would not take much to tumble into a real incident.
We need to be alert to this---we need to be aware of what is going on with the financial unrest taking place right now and be vigilant to those around us. Are we using our best resources to make a safe way forward in our personal financial situations?
Is there anything we can do individually to act on those things that we are not happy with in the financial realm? I think the following activities are critical right now: after all we did have a WAKE-UP CALL about 3 years ago!!!
- Get your debts under control--Do a budget that you can follow; pay off credit cards and other forms of credit as soon as possible.
- Organize your personal finances so that you have money (cash) in reserve for emergencies; a good amount of cash on hand is at least $1,000.00...not in the bank, but on hand!
- Stop spending money on those things that you do not NEED!
- Write letters to you congressman telling them how you feel about their latest activities. Ask for help, if you need it, with your mortgage.
- Talk to your bank NOW if you are having trouble with your mortgage payments
- Do everything in your power to be INDEPENDENT in your life--don't rely on outside help should you need it. IT WILL NOT BE THERE!
If we all do these things to make our lives less stressful, we will not be in such a bad way if we end up in another recession. What does this have to do with Facebook and Twitter?
PUTTING YOURSELF IN A POSITION OF SOME FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE WILL KEEP YOU SAFER IN THE EVENT OF UNREST.