For many years now, I have been making a sort of half joke, half truth quip in reference to a book on my life that I want to write one day. It occurred to me that most of us who are active online are actually already doing this. We are writing and publishing our life stories maybe without even knowing it. With the tweets we tweet and posts we post and the pictures we upload, our lives are already out there for everyone to see. And it’s not just what we have put online ourselves, its every time our name has been mentioned by others too.
The thing about a book has always been that it is a solid statement and that both scares and excites us at least to daydream about. But whereas in the past this was only the domain of writers who were used to censoring their thoughts before they were published. Now we all seem to be having a go and we are indeed slaves to what we write as the written word once published cannot really be taken back.
A fun picture of a underage boy sitting at the steering wheel of his dad’s car, drink in hand is not illegal as long as he is not driving but the implications will haunt him for the rest of his life.
A comic comment in passing about one’s foolish boss was
mere water fountain gossip years ago but now, once posted online, it is a statement of character, both of the boss and the person who has put up this post.
In the future everyone will be a writer, a painter, a poet, a film maker, a music maker and a photographer and that is a good thing. But perhaps, not only should we be thinking about what we choose to publish, but also what we make a choice not to publish. Maybe we should be taught this.
— Vehrnon Ibrahim
Full Service Broadcast Radio Consultant