What would you do-oo-oo for a Klondike Bar?
Sing it with me!
You can act like a monkey, bark like a dog or listen to your wife tell you about her day for 5 seconds (according to the commercials … love you babe).
According to the advertisements, people would do some crazy things for ice cream covered with chocolate, so just imagine what someone might do for a “free” cellphone? Sure I’ll sign an eight year contract that makes me pay $150 dollars a month for only 30 minutes of phone calls, no internet time and 20 text messages a month but at least I got this nice shiny new phone … look, it even takes pictures and they still charge me 30 cents a picture but isn’t it cool!
That is how we do things now. Even the cell phone companies are considered “crooks” but we are the customers dumb enough to sign the contracts for the newest and must have products. We all have the opportunity to do what is right since we were all taught in our youth the difference between right and wrong but some people still believe in the “playground rules” of “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers”.
After reading Shirky’s story of the stolen sidekick from his book, Here Comes Everybody, I wanted to feel sorry for the young girl Sasha for being ganged up on by the “Millions and Millions” of people who had followed good ol Evan’s ramblings that called for justice but who am I kidding. As Wyatt Earp would have said, “YOU CALLED DOWN THE THUNDER, WELL NOW YOU GOT IT!!!”
All of the problems that Evan and Ivanna went through with due to the loss of a smart phone in 2006 made me laugh. With something that important to you that holds soooooo much of your personal information … you’d think that someone would make sure to never leave home without it much less NEVER LEAVE IT IN A CAB!!! But Ivanna and Evan took the proper steps in trying to recover the lost cellphone but their main roadblock consisted of a teen mother and her family.
Sasha’s family played a key role in this whole debacle but it shouldn’t have negated our moral compass or simple right and wrong. Once Ivanna and Evan reached out to Sasha for their lost property, Sasha should have done what was right.
On the other hand, once Sasha became the obnoxious teenager that she really was … that didn’t give Evan the right to become a vigilante over the web. Sure Evan didn’t actually cause any harm to Sasha but he did host the venue at which his followers could manifest their anger towards a juvenile. Yup … I’m now playing Devil’s advocate.
“No your honor, I never placed one hand on Sasha or threatened her in any way”, could be Evan’s plea for innocence but his soap box preaching for justice could have been followed to some extreme views. Just ask these guys …
I know that I might be pushing this just a little too far but these 2 guys did very little physical violence o their own. Their words moved their followers to do crazy deeds and that is what scares me. Where do we draw the line?