There is a lesson to be learned about the gap between generations and technology. A student is protesting free speech in Burke over a protest to a snow day, a YouTube video and his Facebook profile. The student, Dave Kori, uploaded a message from the school board to his Facebook and YouTube. The message recording spread all over YouTube and Facebook, made national news and protests the student’s rights. They claim free speech in defense of the young man’s First Amendment rights. The student, Dave Kori, called the Cheif operating officer on the school board, Dean Tistadt first. Tistadt called back and left a voice mail.
The “cell phone” generation knows the risk of a recording, but clearly other generations don’t. Tistadt left an irate voice mail saying, “snotty-nosed little brats,” and “get over it kid, and go to school.” Kori posted the recording online to a Facebook profile he created titled, “Let them know what you think about schools not being cancelled,” and left the Coo’s home phone number. I doubt this case will go to court, but it shows you a generational divide. The older school board officer didn’t think his message would be posted online. Things like YouTube probably never crossed his mind. Whereas someone of “the cell phone generation” would think twice before leaving a voice recording.
Free speech is YouTube and Facebook. It starts with a subject you feel passionate about. Contributing content in forums, comments, newsletters and profiles around democracy are essential to the movement of the overall message. Facebook and YouTube are places young people go to and have a voice. Tistadt is suffering from the YouTube video and Facebook profile around the event. From the nonstop calls coming in it must be hard and I actually feel sorry for him. He has been attacked by “the raiders” infiltrating his inbox and calling his home. It goes to show that in todays day and age you have to be more careful about your information because it’s public information.
Thank you Bhob Stewart for tipping this story.