Not everyone can be at ease with social media. Whoopi Goldberg told Katie Couric recently that she has given up Twitter because she found the environment there too hostile.
It hasn’t been long since Whoopi Goldberg has been on Twitter and already has nearly 400,000 followers, but her last tweet was on January 1st.
"Just the lack of personal respect," she explained. "I didn't like the way that people were talking to me, and I knew that I couldn't snap on anybody. I don't mind people not liking something I say ... but I don't like personal attacks. If I thought that these were things that people would say to me if they met me, I could do it better."
Whoopi Goldberg tells me why she stopped Twittering: "If I thought people would say these things to me if they met me, I’d be okay with it"— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 15, 2013
Not long ago William Shatner slammed Reddit for racist, homophobic and sexist content.
“The unsavory aspects still exist - I am appalled by some of the immature, horrifically racist, sexist, homophobic, ethnic... etc.. posts that are just ignored here. Why are these accounts still active? While Reddit has done well in getting interest from the mainstream I just wonder if by allowing these children to run rampant and post whatever they feel will cause the most collateral damage if Reddit is biting off it's own nose in taking that step to become a mainstream community,” he said.
Social media is relatively new and in its if not nascent, then at least early growth stages. Just like a toddler, it has no paradigms of censorship and may need guidance and a bit of discipline.
It is a land of freedom where everyone has the freedom to express and publish what they want. But apparently, from both the sides (the publishing vs the recipients) the lines are not specifically drawn. Whereas, drawing lines may nullify the purpose behind the norm, it frequently seeps into the realm of unacceptability and ruffle feathers.
What works well or is considered acceptable by one audience may very well be shunned or critiqued as poor taste with another.
But such is the world of the internet in general. So, till the lines (if indeed) are drawn, hang in there!