On many occasions people have asked me why I don’t get more involved locally in Puerto Rico efforts with those who appear to be heavy users of online platforms like Twitter and Facebook. I have never found a polite answer to that but I make sure I amplify the voice of those I see are doing awesome things like:
- Puerto Rico Indie
- Rick Lipsett’s Creations
- Fit 911 Studio (Choko Vazquez)
- Payasa Agapita
- Ignacio Peña
- Seriously Creative
- San Juan Marriott
The list can go on if you venture into my blog since I also have my Igniting a Revolution Series which I plan to continue in 2013.
The main reason I am careful is because these platforms open a Pandora’s box when it comes to interacting with others. Something I have learned over the years is how even the nicest person online can quickly turn against you if you said something that might have offended them or if they had an agenda when it came to interacting with you. Another typical issue is the small island mentality of being offended because you agree with others who those people dislike.
The Fake Online World
Some individuals who are online most of the day, even when they are supposed to be working (and their jobs are not connected to any online efforts), see the online world as a fantasy world. This gives them a green light so they can act recklessly on the Internet and then say it was all a joke.
There are many sad stories envolving morons (like those who think that online communications are a joke) that have ended in tragedy. You don’t use a phone to blast fake information and then say it was a prank. Some people seem to think that the Internet is a different way of communicating.
Everything you write on the Internet has the opportunity to be interpreted and more importantly, logged by anyone.
The Real World
There is a connection with your actions online and what you do offline. Most people that can’t or don’t want to understand these repercussions have their own motives. For some reason or the other they’ve used Internet platforms to spread hate or harm others.
I am the same person online and offline. For those who have known me for years know that what you see online is what you get offline.
If I have an issue with someone I communicate that issue privately and deal directly with him or her.
If I have offended anyone I apologize; I am only human.
For those who use the excuse of the online world being a fake world to hurt others and then play the victim, I can say I have lost respect for them and they better wake up before they harm someone and it is too late.
What are your thoughts on how connected the online world is from the offline world?
How do you deal with these issues that pop-up every once in a while?