Millions of people use social media every day without any problem. They share personal information, photos, interesting stuff they’ve found on the Internet. Some of them go further, sharing opinions about anything that pops into their heads.
Some folks can write skillfully, sharing their thoughts civilly, without angering and annoying tons of friends and acquaintances. Most, frankly, cannot.
The daily news carries the latest public person who’s in trouble over something they’ve done or said involving cyber space. Latest case in point, former Wichita school superintendent Winston Brooks. He’s been Albuquerque superintendent since he left Wichita in 2008.
Brooks is serving a three-day suspension without pay over comments he posted online. In two tweets, Brooks compared New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera to livestock. Brooks apologized for his tweets, saying he “meant no offense”.
I interviewed Winston Brooks many times during his ten years as head of U-S-D 259. I always found him to be intelligent and tactful in his public comments.
This twitter trouble surprises me. This guy really should have known better.
Our thought for today is from Oscar Wilde:
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”