Technology, the good, bad and the indifferent.
Back in the late ninetys, I purchased my first computer. Oh, how proud I was of that Windows 98 after the first few months of learning how to operate the new fan dangled piece of equipment. I was amazed that it seemed to open up a whole new world for me, cyberspace and shortly thereafter, the blogosphere. My initial aim in attaining a computer was to use it as a tool to gain information about a rare blood disorder that a close relative of mine was diagnosed with. I was not disappointed at what I found which just happened to be a Myeloproliferative diseases (MPDs) support group where I had many of my questions anwered by doctors and people suffering from the same malady. I still belong to that support group today.
About a year later, I was asked to host a forum for the mentally and physically challenged and took on that role for a period of three years. The name of the forum was The Cracker Barrel, owned by an ISProvider here in Canada. The goal of the forum was for people to freely discuss their conditions, but to do it in a fun way. My role, as moderator, was to try and get the participants to focus on the positives so we could eliminate the negative issues they were dealing with. Just like the song, “Forget your troubles, come on get happy, it will chase all your cares away.” Believe me, sometimes it was a combination of tears and laughter, but along with those, a whole lot of understanding was readily available. I feel confident in saying that this kind of therapy worked in about 90% of the cases. Sadly, the forum was closed down due to the cost of bandwidth. The Cracker Barrel was just a small part of a very large community of forums.
Now this leads me into the Casey Anthony case which took over our lives for the most part of three years and what an eye opener it was. It brought out raw emotions in us that we did not know existed. Also emerging were cyber bullies ( and I had my fill of them) scam artists and a host of other which are too many to mention.
Technology was advancing at a fast pace and so Cyberspace was expanding rapidly, almost too much so. The internet was becoming an outlet for people to relay and learn information, vent their frustrations or the like. Blogs, forums and support groups were emerging by thousands into millions. Some people use the internet for their own personal gain. Sadly to say, not all of it is good.
I want to introduce you to ‘Mandy’. The best way I can do this is to provide you with a link to an article. A friend mailed me this article and I felt compelled to share it with you. I was shocked when I read it the first time. I had to read the entire article another couple of times to let it sink in. It was that hard to believe that some people would go to these lengths to gain attention. I hope you will read it too and let me know what you think. Maybe you have met a Mandy in cyberspace. How would you handle such a person if you found out that they were not being truthful? It is a damned if you do by confronting them and possibly causing irreparable damage to their psyche or do you just play along with their game? BTW, this game can really be an illness.
Here is the article….
Footnote- There are sincere people out in cyberspace with real medical issues and share their stories online in order to gain support or help others. This post is not intended to discredit these people in any way-Mainstreamfair