With today’s options of adding different filters to photos that we take, either to enhance them, or simply add a cool effect to the picture, it makes me wonder about the option of filtering the words we write as well. I mean, how interesting would it be to add a vintage feel over a current new article, or a saturated filter to a post we write on Facebook. Imagine the possibilities.
For example, when someone posted an angry rant about their bad day at work, but then added a soft focus filter on top of it, maybe their words would come out less offensive. Or if someone posted an announcement stating that they were so excited about their job promotion, but added a filter that faded the words and gave it a less saturated feel to it, maybe it would make it seem more modest and less arrogant. But this type of word filtering does not exist, and we’re left to interpret words that people use, without any additional overlay. And that is where, as a society, we should become more and more aware.
With the advancements in technology, where almost everyone owns a smart phone or tablet, we have the ability to share our thoughts, opinions, and ideas with the world instantly. And yet, so far, there hasn’t been a screening or filtering process of what we choose to share with the world as far as our words go. We are free to say what we want, when we want, where we want, and about whomever we want all the time. And because of this advancement, it was only about a couple of decades ago, when the saying, “sticks and stones could break our bones, but words could never hurt us,” seemed like a true statement. Well, I’m not so sure if that is at all true anymore.
It’s been proven more often now, time and time again, that words posted online, actually can truly hurt someone else. This is more prevalent for today’s youth, where they are being forced to now deal with both a real life and online identity. It makes me physically sick reading about how words written online are used to insult or bully another person, eventually leading to pain or permanent physical damage in today’s youth. Is there a way to stop this? I don’t know, nor do I have any kind of suggestion of how this can be resolved. But I do feel it is important to bring it to everyone’s attention. I guess the best way to deal with it is to address it and know that it exists, without a filter.
There is no way that we can stop the advancements of the freedom of speech, or how, or what we all choose to say online. It exists, and it shows no signs of disappearing. But I wrote this article in hopes that I can at least remind us all, that we may not be able to add a filter over our words like a photo, but we definitely have the power to not post things that may be a detriment to other people.
And in the end, that might be the only type of filtering that our words will ever need.