I struggle to comprehend how people fail to realize that in today’s society, the likelihood that a camera is watching and recording every indiscreet public moment, is high. Even our homes, our castles, are no longer predator free, considering the abundance of nanny cams, and micro recording devices.
Once we venture beyond the (relative) safety of our abodes, the world becomes a panacea of image capturing technology. Whether it’s CCTV cameras monitored by the dull, listless eyes of a municipal employee, a visit to the Mall, Casino, or the corner shop, surveillance cameras are prevalent, sophisticated enough they can spot head lice from a hundred yards.
But hardwired cameras are the tip of the iceberg. Considering we’re now living in a world where more people own a mobile device than a toothbrush, it’s the ever vigilant, ‘always looking for their chance at YouTube fandom‘ types, you have to worry about.
Unexpected public displays, a behavioral indiscretion, a wardrobe malfunction, all fair game for these amateur filmmakers looking to make their mark. And, if it should happen, and you find a sea of Samsungs and IPhones pointing in your direction, you can be sure that by the time you extricate yourself from the situation, dust yourself off, someone somewhere, is already clicking ‘share’.
Welcome to your 2 minutes of fame.
Why individuals, companies, employers, continue to forget this basic rule I’ll never quite understand. I admit there are some who believe that going viral for any reason, good, bad or vulgar, is a worthy pursuit, however that’s catering to the belief that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
But there is.
Just ask the CEO of United Airlines.
And if that doesn’t convince you, check out a few images of ‘Walmart shoppers’ online, and then come back and talk to me.
The proliferation of recording devices in society is a blessing and a curse, often dependent on which side of the lens you’re on. The key is to behave accordingly, treat people well, and with that, the likelihood of an indiscreet moment going viral, at your expense, will be low. With a bit of luck, the only viral outbreak you’ll ever have to contend with will be a short, swift battle with influenza.
The list below is intended to garner a smile, and nothing more. The Internet is awash with United Airlines memes, I selected a few of my favorites. I don’t mean to demonize United, they’re already paying a significant price, and regardless of the public outrage, I understand, more than most, that there are two sides to every tale, video evidence or not.
Having said that, here are a few ‘New and Improved’ slogans, for United Airlines, in the wake of recent events.
We treat you like we treat your luggage.
We put the hospital in hospitality.
Fly the friendly skies. Except you. Yeah, you, get the f*ck out.
We can re-accommodate you the easy way or the hard way.
We have an offer you can’t refuse.
Please return the passenger next to you to the upright position.
Until next time,