Saturday, February 18, 2012
The thought police. We've all griped about it one way or another. We've seen different stories about it in many books and movies. One of the latest being "The Hunger Games" trilogy, soon to be a movie franchise. It's represented in many different ways as big brother "government" or the church pastor in the 1980's movie "Footloose " which was just remade for a new generation. Its always the same message though. People of power trying to control the masses where they shouldn't! I've seen this in the news lately, and also on Facebook and Twitter. A Missouri teacher was fired and then publicly humiliated on all of the local news outlets for having a picture in her private facbook picture folder that only let friends view it of her in a bikini swimsuit. There was nothing wrong or trashy about the photo or the suit. But, because she's a teacher, she was fired. The school would have known nothing about the photo had someone not given them access to it, nor would her students. What is going on with stories like this? Teachers are afraid to post pictures or post status updates on facebook and now who knows who's watching their tweets on their Twitter account. I think as long as the teachers are using their privacy settings, not recruiting Twitter followers in the classrooms they should be able to enjoy our shared freedoms of speech! Enough of this already. Teachers are people too! They do a tough job, and deserve our respect. For now though, it seems we must all Beware The Thought Police!