I recently read one of those thought-provoking articles that are so good at hitting that special subliminal sweet spot that is responsible for opening the floodgates to understanding and your creative moments.
The article is titled “The Selfie Video That Changed the World” written by Shelly Palmer, the renowned guru of technology and digital media.
The article is about the young woman who started a live broadcast from Facebook on her phone, in her car, while her boyfriend was shot dead by a police officer. The world watched him die in a pitiful and conspicuous way as the phone broadcast it live for the world to see.
I am sorry for your loss. I am sorry for her boyfriend and yes, I am sorry for the cop.
The article is not just about that. It’s about Facebook and its new live streaming option.
With that said:
This is not a political article.
This article will serve as a warning to the world that the fourth horseman of the apocalypse has arrived.
You had social media, cameras on your phone, videos on your phone, and now you have live broadcasts, through Facebook, on your phone.
There is no place to run, there is no place to hide.
“All significant truths are private truths. As they become public, they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, slogans.” TS Eliot
Very dangerous and hazy times. The button is pressed 15 minutes after a particular, possibly incendiary situation begins, and then the live broadcast begins.
Is this new version of lying by default the new truth?
We may never get “the whole truth and nothing but the truth” again.
What is the problem?
The difference between live broadcasts vs. Recorded broadcasts is one with recorded broadcasts:
1 – you can always go back and study the recording and
2 – with cameras on buildings, streetlights and in the hands of other people, you can have the opportunity to see a situation from all angles, and even get to the truth of the situation and not just the partial “truth” of someone.
Even if someone wants to edit it, they may be able to get it from other sources.
You have options. These are the operative words: You have options.
With live broadcasts: You only have one choice and you only have a fleeting moment to absorb the “truth” and, unfortunately, the skewed mind’s eye sees what it wants to see. There is no way back.
You have no options. These are the operative words: You have no options.
That’s the “street” side. What about the business and personal side?
My suggestions, and I know I will get criticism for this:
a – Do not allow cell phones in any meeting you attend. Why?
An example, just one: Live secret broadcasting to someone outside of the meeting could result in text messages to the opposing team who have information that creates an unfair advantage for them and others who work against them.
Live streaming is riddled with manipulative and deceptive genes and it is your responsibility to meet with everyone within its limits and boundaries to come up with new rules of engagement to deal with it. “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”.
b – All cell phones must be checked and turned off at your workplace. The company has telephones. The time has come, and now more than ever, to consider the smartphone as a friend enemy and a little too smart for his own good.
c – Video, images and now live streaming. Protect your home and protect your business. My mother always insisted that I wear clean underwear. His explanation: You never know. I’m telling you now: always assume you have a camera and behave accordingly. You never know. Again, now more than ever.
A healthy dose of paranoia as a preventative measure will go a long way toward protecting your life and livelihoods. It is no longer an option. It is your fiduciary responsibility to implement and explain increased necessary precautions to people in your community supporting success and beyond.
Do it now … Be proactive. Tomorrow brings many more challenges.
Good luck out there.