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Dear Grace,

The events that happened in London are sickening. My heart is heavy, too. An innocent young Canadian girl lost her life in that attack. Not that her birthplace matters — victims are victims no matter where they live, but this one hit home hard.

I have a lot of friends over in Europe. Some live there, and some are traveling, so every time this happens it makes me sick. And, it’s happening more often, which makes me somewhere between scared and angry, too.

The London Mayor has been attacked by the media for his “nobody should be alarmed” statement, but here in Canada, Trump also got attacked for being too harsh and openly critical of other world leaders, especially because most of it comes from his Twitter account. This doesn’t help any situation, and, above all, it’s certainly not diplomatic, nor is it anywhere near professional. Never mind a total waste of time and energy as well. The only thing Trump’s tweet did was give the media a bunch of wasteful filler content to blow out of proportion, while victims of the families have to listen to this meaningless babble that helps nobody.

There doesn’t seem to be an easy answer to ISIS or any other terrorist group out there. There’s no real way to more strictly screen immigrants without losing our own civil rights at the same time. A lot of these terrorists are already in sleeper cells living in neighborhoods all over the globe, so screening the borders is not going to stop all these terrorist attacks. As much as we hate losing our rights, it’s inevitable if we want to root out all these ISIS cockroaches out of every dirty corner of the world.

Social media puts a whole new complexity on the definition of “public figure.” The dictionary defines it as “a public official or someone who thrusts themselves to the front of a topic or subject.” This would mean that every single one of my opinionated Facebook friends could be considered a “public figure.” Also, anyone can create their own Facebook fan page or Wiki page and label themselves as a “public figure.”

I used to tell my friends and clients that if you don’t want your mother to see something, don’t post it on social media. There have been a lot of people who lost their jobs over actions they took or were witnessed by others on social media. As soon as we share thoughts, links, images, or videos on social media, it becomes public domain and certainly accessible by any authorities either now or under warrant.

Facebook already censors posts and content through algorithms and public policing. Facebook also has their own sort of police force and jail, in the form of a suspension from their platform. Instead of thinking of this as losing my liberties, I prefer to think of it as forcing everyone to be accountable for their actions. Is that really so horribly bad?

Cheers,
Connor

 

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