As of this writing, the picture below has been shared almost 72,000 times on Facebook. It was posted less than 2 days ago.
What you’re looking at is the inside of a commuter train car. A white male in the 25-50 range is sitting two rows ahead of and facing the iphone-wielding fellow passenger. Above the man’s head is a promotional poster with a woman riding in a train car, with a large caption that says “Joy Rider.”
The original poster put these words along with her photo:
“If this is your husband, I have endured a 2 hour train ride from Philadelphia listening to this loser and his friends brag about their multiple affairs and how their wives are too stupid to catch on. Oh please repost …”
It’s all so perfect, we can’t help but share it. I personally couldn’t resist.
This guy could sue the original post owner and me, perhaps, for libel. He’d have to prove damages to win damages, I hear, but if this post does the job the iphoneographer wanted it to, then this man’s already-existing marriage woes will definitely come to a head. I don’t know. I’m not a lawyer. People can sue anyone for anything.
Will ubiquitous cameras reign in our society’s deteriorating public manners? I doubt it. If we use the NRA stance as a comparison, we can see that more guns in an area doesn’t at all deter or diminish crime rates. In fact, it does just the opposite. Lots of guns=heavy crime area. Of course that could be a chicken/egg argument, but I don’t think it is. More guns equals more violence, because the general public just aren’t all that responsible handling firearms. Plain and simple.
Journalists have been decrying the “democratization” of the news. Everyone’s a photographer, publisher, writer. “News” as an institution has been forever rocked. They say that the general public isn’t all that responsible handling news media. And the pen, my friends, is mightier at times than an Uzi. What to do?
As I mentioned before, the courts will be busy for the next few decades working this stuff out. But the court of public opinion on the subject is still reviewing evidence. What say you about this woman’s post? Delicious secret vengeance? Oppressed women comradery? Or libel waiting its day in court?