Thursday, May 20, 2010


Downsides of the digital world

Some pictures of a Vincentian woman performing sexual acts are making the rounds electronically. By all accounts, the pictures of the young woman, who is a public figure have been photoshopped. Prior to this a beauty queen contestant also suffered the same fate. As we are inclined to to do when there is something juicy the "forwarding"is frenetic. I hope nobody sends them to me as I have no desire in being a part of a plot orchestrated to humiliate someone. In my humble opinion, the persons doing the "forwarding"are no better than the perpetrators as they are aiding and abetting the spread of malice.

While I have no knowledge of where the pictures were lifted from social sites like Facebook are fodder for these malicious acts. In this age of sharing and oversharing most of us have been sucked into posting pictures of ourselves, our friends and relatives enjoying moments. It then becomes so much easier especially if we are careless with our privacy settings for someone to copy a photo for their devious plans. Sometimes too, the people we "friend"" turn out to be anything but a friend. That is why I totally understand those persons who are are fearful of putting their pictures on these sites. As a person who has had to deal with someone tampering with my FB page I often feel like removing all photos or deactivating the account.

Anyway, I am longing for the day when these acts are traced to the point of origin and the perpetrators hauled before the courts. Maybe I 've watched too much CSI, SVU and the like but it can't be rocket science to follow the electronic trail. The weight of the law needs to descend on these villains to deter others from being copycats. It is unacceptable for persons to sit and devise ways to defame others and then get away with it. While we pore over the images and make our remarks we should be aware that one day some sick individual may decide to make us their target. Seriously people, get a grip and put away the pettiness because utlimately you are in worse shape than the person you seek to defame

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Musing along

In the wake of my friend's murder in New York, I thought I'd share this little reminder to all of us. Sometimes, we never realise how precious a friendship is/was until it is gone for ever. Then you wish you had done more, spent more time with the person, loved them a little more. Sadly, death gives no second chances. So do it right with the only chance you have.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... While we have it, we should love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken, heal it when it's sick. Be it friendships, marriage, children with bad report cards, dogs and cats with bad hips, aging parents and grandparents.

We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close.

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