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.
“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!