Sunday, March 20, 2011

Alexandra Wallace

Have you heard about Alexandra Wallace? Well, if you spend any time on the net you probably have. Her rant about Asians's on their phones in the library at UCLA has become more than a little infamous. The other night she came up in a discussion with family and friends. They couldn't believe someone would put something that stupid on the net.

Me, I wasn't surprised. It used to be that people would make their stupid comments to their friends and that would end it. Their friends would usually not tell them what they really thought, you are one racist bitch maybe your push up bra is affecting your brain function, they would feel good for having vented and that would end their rant.

That was then and this is now. In the information age these people, for whatever reason or lack thereof, take their rants to the internet. They make what was once personal public. Hell, I have been known to rant on the internet myself.

Just look at some of the stuff people put up on Facebook. They will tell every little detail of their life. I know of one person who is always crying that he is poor. But when you see him on Facebook he is crowing about a prime rib steak dinner or spending money on booze. Yet he drones on about how poor he is. One of my nieces used to put up pictures on Facebook that would make a hooker blush.

For some strange reason a lot of people seem to think that they can say anything they want, no matter how stupid or racist, on line and it won't come back to haunt them. They don't seem to understand that once they post something it is already too late to take it back. They don't realize that many prospective employers will google you name and check out Facebook and MySpace to see what shows up. Then they get shocked when the words and pictures come back to bite them in the ass.

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