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home : perspectives : across the board by tony morris February 26, 2015

1/16/2013 9:53:00 AM
You can't just take it back

Anthony D. Morris
Publisher Emeritus

The world today is vastly different than just a few years ago. Our technology, especially, is advancing leaps and bounds from one day to the next. What once took weeks or years to accomplish can be now be done in a day or less.

Remember a while back everyone was on the "generation" trip? We had the Silent Generation, Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers and Generation X. Marketers had their spin played too, declaring a people the Pepsi Generation. So what's the generation of today called? Is it X, or Z? How about instant?

Yes. That works. We are living in Generation Instant. Everything we say or do can be transmitted around the world in an instant. No 10-second delay, white-out, corrective tape or copy editors. And what you put out "there," stays - regardless of if you want it to or not.

"There" is our world. A world of lightning-fast communication. With our cell phones, tablets, laptops and all kinds of other devices, we are able to transmit information on-the-spot, in a split-second. Once the magic "send" button is pushed, we no longer have control of who reads or sees what we have presented. And sometimes the intended audience is not the only one to be part of the show.

Remember Congressman Anthony Weiner from New York? Got caught Tweeting something he should not have been exposing.
He meant for the post to be private, but made a simple mistake and his not-so -flattering pictures went public, or viral, I should say.

How about the racist remarks by ESPN's Rob Parker, who is black, saying Baylor graduate and Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin, III, - himself black - is "not down with the cause." Parker called him a "cornball brother," a term used to describe a man that is not "black" enough. Within minutes those remarks were shared around the world.

There is a sad case of apparent rape in Ohio in which some football players have gotten into trouble. The videos they've posted are now on every major Website around the world. Even though the young men removed their posts, copies of the videos were already scattered across the planet, showing all who watched just how classless and idiotic some boys can be.

Even here in Alice, Texas, America, we are not immune to the "oops, posted to the wrong place miscues."

Just last week, former Alice City Council candidate Marc Toureilles posted a message on Facebook to one of his cyber friends. The content of the message leads me to believe it was meant to be private, but public it went. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt in saying he in no way meant to share his thoughts with just anyone on Facebook. Here's the content of the post, so you may decide for yourself.

"Thinking about running for mayor or maybe city council again. Depends if Ike is the only one to put his name in the hat. We need at least 1 or 2 more options/people. The current city council never really learned anything from the last election. They barley{sic} squeaked by with 35 votes.
At least 2 of them. You think they would have been more
fiscally and morally responsible this time around. I like how they claim crime in alice{sic} is getting better and has gone down. Did one of the council members{sic} kids go to jail maybe? Anyway, has the deadline passed to file for office? I don't want to mention it to Yvonne till I file. I don't think she like{sic} the mayor idea. Please keep this between us if you don't mind."

Marc is one of those folks who probably regrets not doing a double check prior to clicking the "post" button. That could possibly have saved some embarrassment.

I applaud Marc for being willing to seek public office, a position that has no salary and where one becomes the topic of columns such as this. In many ways these municipal posts are thankless jobs. Offering himself for service is commendable.

Marc asks, "has the deadline passed to file for office?" The filing period has not even been opened. I must question the sincerity of a person offering to run for mayor or councilman who does not know if the time to file for ballot placement has lapsed or not. He also knocks the council for not being fiscally and morally responsible, stating, "They barley{sic} squeaked by with 35 votes. At least 2 of them."

I attend many City Council meetings. I attended the budget workshops last year. I've only missed one Economic Development Corporation meeting since being appointed. I do not believe I have seen Marc or many other people rumored to be considering a run for office at any of these meetings. If concerned with the fiscal management of the city, these folks should be front and center asking questions during the public hearings. There are ample opportunities that are much more appropriate venues for such discussion, not late night postings on Facebook.

Marc says the council is "morally" irresponsible. I'm sure there is plenty for which we can criticize the council, but to question their morality is a little absurd. I don't think he meant that the way it reads. And another thing, is
Marc wise to keep having conversations about running for mayor or council from his wife? I know what mine would do to me and his wife is just as tough.

Marc Toureilles is a nice guy. He made a bad choice or just used poor judgement. Unfortunately for him, it was made with an audience much greater than was probably ever his intent. And now that it's in cyber space, no delete button will ever allow him to just take it back.

Tony Morris is publisher emeritus of alice24-7. You may reach him by Email at or find him on Facebook. Comments and column suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.

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