I picked this book up after hearing a recent news story about the owners of cinema in Australia being hounded and abused (complete with death threats) by social media when a comment by a disgruntle customer went 'viral'. The family who owned the cinema suffered so much embarrassment and stress from the 'viral' post that their lives were made hell to the extent they closed their business, the staff lost their jobs and the town lost the only cinema it had, which also meant the community lost not only where they went to see pictures on the big screen, but a number of charity organisations also lost a 'fund-raising' venue.
So why did that incident (and news story) encourage me to pick up Helen Fitzgerald's book - Viral. Like many of the reviewers here, it was the very first line that grabbed me (along with the 'what if the worst thing you did went...) and it got me wondering - "What is it about social media and the internet that can send an average person into a pack mentality mob follower and help destroy the life of another being?"
Su is a good girl - the perfect daughter.
Leah is the wild child - a parent’s constant worry.
Both have just finished school
- university awaits,
for one, acceptance into a prestigious university.
A bright future is forecasted.
But first, it's celebration time - schoolies week. A week of all out partying, losing inhibitions, finding freedom, being young and carefree - all before adulthood sets in. Later in life this week will be looked back upon as one crazy time when 'you' thought you'd be invincible and anything you did would be passed off as just being 'young and silly'.
Both belong to the 'snap generation' where everything is snapped, twittered, instagramed, filmed, streamed and uploaded. And Shared.
Everyone is connected.
Everyone has a comment.
What if the worst thing you did went viral....
Will that thing you did ever go away. . . and how will it define you?
Accidently becoming 'viral' could happen to any of us, our children, our friends, our neighbours - in an instant-agram our everyday lives, futures and dreams could disappear just by the click of the hit and share button.
In cyberspace we are all connected - how we click could change the path of someone else's life.
This book will have you thinking, 'what if?' I loved it.
A little dash of gladsome
This is my page of delight - things that tickle my fancy, favourite books to take me on inner journeys, art that lifts me up, and tib-bits to make me giggle. It'll be random, fanciful, joyful and delightfully inspiring.
Hello! I'm Kerry
. . . a plan-nothing, have no idea where I'm going travelholic.
A daughter of the gypsies and the wife of a workaholic, I'm forever wondering 'What's over there?' and devising ways to squeeze through the barbed-wire fence of small-business ownership responsibilities and every-day life tangles to discover it.
and this is my book