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Thursday, January 19, 2012

What this guy said, quit being a stalker

Thanks to the leatherhelmet, we found this article from Subway Domer. It can't be reiterated enough, so for anyone who thinks these actions are acceptable, read and just stop.


Over the past several years, social media has critical massed itself 100
times over. Almost everyone you know is either on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin,
or a wicked cocktail mix of the three. This is the new world that we are living
in, where information is everywhere and everyone has their opinion that
absolutely MUST be heard. It is within this brand new world where the rules are
in a fuzzy shade of gray. Why? Because like most of the internet for the past
15+ years, there are no rules. To be honest, I like having no rules. No rules
allows for self-moderation, and self-moderation can lead to an enlightenment of
ones own morals, ideas, and personality. Unfortunately, there are thousands upon
thousands that are unable to operate within a certain code of conduct within
this digital realm that the non-digital world lays out in law and in societal
rules. Why are we talking about this? Well, because of that "gray" area,
people actually think it's acceptable to interact with recruits via social
networks. They think it's OK to try and get involved with some 17 or 18 year old
high school student. They think it's OK to try and get involved in the lives of
kids. This is definitely not "OK."People, mostly grown men, spend their days
trying to contact potential "program changing" high school athletes. Most of
these attempts are "harmless" in their minds, but at the root of situation lays
the problem. They justify talking to a 17 year old on the internet because they
are offering, "wisdom," words of encouragement, and of course advise on where
these kids should attend college. It's all innocent and good natured-
right?Wrong. Because it is acceptable in their eyes, it is also "acceptable" to
chastise, warn, threaten, and downright get nasty with these recruits when
someone else's child makes a decision about their life that they don't like.
This, of course, is why social media has become a threat to college football-
because it is not right to try and get involved in these kids lives. The News
Tribune in Tacoma, Washington recently
published an article
speaking to some of this. A lot of the article had to
do with message board posters. As unfortunate as the negative comments and the
consequences that they have on these message boards are; they are mostly
intended for the "boards" themselves and are not a direct attack upon a
particular recruit. That doesn't make it right, but it is what it is because for
many years this is what has been accepted. We allow poison in our lives.Now is
the time to make the move to strike against this nonsense across the realm of
social media. We as fans, bloggers, parents, friends, and members of a more
decent society must make the stand against those that would use these platforms
to "help" their school/team by chastising kids who may not make the decision for
their lives that some grown adults would like.We have long seen people "friend"
recruits on Facebook and then leave nasty messages for all to see. We have seen
people on Twitter harass recruits on a daily basis for them to "make up their
minds" on the biggest decision of these kids lives. What the hell is wrong with
these people? Recently on Twitter, I came across some "fan" of a particular
school cuss out a recruit because they "THOUGHT" that the recruit has already
chosen a rival school to commit to. It was flat out disturbing. Equally
disturbing was "fans" of the same school trying to reach out to the recruit to
tell him that this isn't what this particular school was about- blah, blah,
blah. They are all, in effect, trying to become recruiters for their
institution. This is wrong, and also a NCAA violation.Notre Dame had a
decommitment last night. I am not on Facebook all that much, and I certainly did
not "friend" this particular recruit, but i am positive that he has already felt
the wrath of those wo felt betrayed. This is what our beloved sport has turned
in to. A massive cat fight between fans, recruits, and parents of recruits via
social networking. It's sad. We need to take this sport back from the lunatics.
I am proposing a set of standards:Absolutely NO Facebook. Do not "friend" these
recruits or join their "groups." Facebook is much too personal. Even asking to
be a friend just to follow what they say is too intrusive. If you are on
Twitter, I think it is OK to follow a recruits account. It's basically public
information, so seeing what info is out there is no big deal. However... if a
recruit's account is protected, I recommend not following. A protected account
needs the approval of the user, which is a lot like Facebook friending. Also, DO
NOT INTERACT WITH A RECRUIT FOR ANY REASON. It doesn't matter if you are just
saying something like, "Congrats man! Eastern Michigan needed you and your
decision just made my day!" Or, "Our class is filling up! Still have room at
Wyoming for great TE recruits like you. Be a Cowboy and be a LEGEND 4eva!!!"
None of this is OK. That should be simple enough. Basically, don't interact with
someone else's kid. Don't become involved. Don't be a factor- whether good or
bad. We as fans and bloggers can help clean this up by policing our own. Let's
help create a culture void of this type of interaction. I am asking all of you
to help spread this message. Become co-signers. Simply; retweet, like, copy and
paste, link- whatever. Spread the word that this type of behavior is not
acceptable. If you want to help your school ,these recruits, and college
football- follow these guidelines and let others know that they should do the
same!Sincerely, The Subway Domer

2 comments:

  1. So, not only do you rip off an entire article, but you also are too lazy to actually format the text. Again, another example of why this place is a joke.

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  2. Yeah, the formatting messed up. But it's not quite a "rip off" if you attribute both the article, and where you found it. And if you want better formatting, just click on the link to the original article.

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