Who is following you… listening to you… watching…
Did you look behind you? Or around the room?
What I mean, is on the web.. internet.. that spooky place that makes the world so small.
Technology has made the World smaller, you speak to people from a lot farther away.
How about throwing a little birthday party, inviting a few friends.
oh oh… then the trouble starts… then the world explodes… literally.
A 16 year old girl decided to invite some friends to her birthday party, so she posted it on facebook.. and forgot to mark it as private… so it went to more than just her friends… it went to some 30,000 people.
3,000 or so of them showed up, ready to party.
The town she lives in, only has 18,000 people in it. A nice quiet town. Well not that night.
Seems common sense sort of vanished.
Riots broke out. Looting, fires, damage, people were hospitalized.
The morning after…
600 riot police were called in to help sort things out.
Sort of sad that this becomes necessary. Why did all those people go to the party to start with? Shops were looted, a car was set on fire, signs and lamposts were damaged. Windows were broken in shops.
How does the riot mentality take over one? To be a part of a large crowd, let your inhibitions leave you, your common sense to depart?
It takes us over. We flock, it applies to business too. Stock market meltdowns are examples of herd behavior. When common sense departs. Is it an excuse, something we can say we couldn’t help? NO. Don’t be a guppy. Everyone is an individual. Even in a mob.
But things like this happen, when we allow primal instincts to overtake us.
A 16 year old girls, special birthday party.. will live in her memory for a long time, but not happily.
as she watches her sleepy little town burn.