Please stop sharing!
Updated : 07/25/2012 09:45 GMT + 7
Several friends have told me that every time they wake up in the morning, the first thing they do is to check their email and surf on social networks to find out what others are doing, watching, listening to or reading.
One morning, there was outrage among Facebook users in Vietnam as photos showing a “monkey massacre” by a group of young men were posted online. These douc langur monkeys, listed as a rare and endangered species, were tortured and photographed just for fun. After looking at the pictures briefly, several did not want to see them again, knowing how cruel human-beings can be.
Five minutes after the original photos had been posted, many Facebook users had used the Share button to spread those horrible images to friends and families. One person shares, ten people share. Facebook walls soon become a scene of a tragic accident, where “blood is shed, heads fall and body parts are not as one whole”.
“Don’t you understand by sharing these photos, those inhuman men will become more content, and we just become more nauseated by these supposedly human acts,” wrote a friend of mine on the social network.
It was horrid to the point of heart-breaking. People with or without any intention innocently and enthusiastically continued to share the brutal photos.
Not long ago, netizens were provoked by photos of pretty young ladies wearing high-heels stampeding on kittens or bunnies. People shared, scattering horror and distrust in an individual that is called human.
Another morning has come and people start their day by surfing Facebook. Some now do it nervously and worry as they do not know if they will encounter something evil shared online. Suddenly, I recall of a famous quote: “The more I know people, the more I love dogs.”