It’s all the buzz right now. Anthony Weiner resigns after the online sex scandal on Twitter (and Facebook). This announcement comes right after President Obama recommended he do so. Below is the video of his official resignation:
“Today I am announcing my resignation … so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative, and most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage that I have caused.”
We wrote about Weinergate only a few days ago, and now it has led to this.
Some will try to villainize social media and the dangers therein, but I don’t see it that way.
Anthony Weiner is an intelligent man. I can’t imagine that he thought this would never get out. Perhaps this was a cry for help, or a way to escape his lifestyle—only he truly knows. But, my point is this was no slip of the finger—oops, I just posted a picture of my last name. It was a repeat offense.
Social media has brought a new level of transparency to the world—sometimes revealing more than we want to see. But in the long run, this also brings a new level of accountability to the world (now I sound like the Zuckerberg). Maybe this was the best thing for Anthony Weiner. Maybe this was the best thing for America.
Personally, I would rather know how someone elected to represent my state was behaving than not. Yes, I could have done without the detailed photographs, or the endless weiner jokes (okay those were pretty good), but the general information is important—I think.
What are your thoughts? Is this a bad reflection on social media, or individual social media users? And is it social media’s fault, or a benefit of social media, that this got out? Let me know in the comments below!