Another excerpt from the controversial Ed Tech Blockbuster – Confucius in the Technology Realm, by Darryl Vidal. Rowman & Littlefield Education publishers – released October 2015….
On Social Networks
Who are you? What are you? What do others think of you? Is perception reality?
Are you good or bad? Happy or sad? Fat or thin? Thus the yin yang of the Social Network.
We must acknowledge the bad, and harvest the good. We must control the perception that becomes our reality. For what the page tells of you, is what you allow.
A wise man once said, “it is better to keep your mouth closed, and have others think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Thus is the rule for the social networks. What you allow to define you, others will mis-read, and misunderstand. What you might find as good, others see as bad. Your attributes, flaws. Your skills, liabilities. Your best wishes, narcissistic indulgences.
Much good has been attained via the social network, and much bad has manifested to balance the scale. But it is possible to find the good, and leave the bad to those whom would not exercise better judgement. It is a lesson for all, but most importantly, for the apprentice to teach the novice. For the novice is the most likely to fall into the pit of acrimony offered by the social network.