story that I’d like to share here:
End of the match. A boy cries after the defeat of his football team, which leaves it out of the fight for the coveted cup. Nothing unusual in this town where football awakes strong feelings in many. But… the scene is captured by the TV cameras of a highly reputed sports channel (traditional media gatekeepers, aren’t they?) that dwell on the image of the disconsolate boy. How does this story continue? In no time, enter the supporters of the boy’s archrival local team: videos are uploaded on YouTube and groups are created on Facebook and other social networks making the boy the target of cruel mockery and fun-making. The boy’s father sues FB, YouTube and other networks, demanding the videos and pictures be removed, which a judge finally orders. And so the story ends. But not for the boy, who is reported to be under psychological treatment after this huge ruthless exposure.
And neither does the story end for us, educators and members of an increasingly public society. This story evidences the urgent need to develop literacies that are crucial to protect ourselves: moral and ethical values that involve respect for the other’s privacy, image, feelings and dignity. Not an easy task, certainly, but one we can’t escape.