Monday, August 10, 2009

Social Networking + Freedom of Speech = Requests for Freedom of Killers?

So this morning I was on one of the two biggest social networking sites when I saw something pretty disturbing. It's a group that calls for the freeing of Mark David Chapman. In case you don't know who he is; Chapman is the guy who shot John Lennon outside the Dakota in 1980. The tagline for the group gives reason with the following: "Mark David Chapman did mankind a big favour by shooting John Lennon. Chapman, an avid reader of »Catcher in the Rye« has been in jail for almost 28 years now. Enough is enough." Someone else inside the group commented that "Mark David Chapman did what someone else would have done sooner or later - kill that fucking hippie."

Can these people be for real? There are a couple of things that come to mind. First of all, enough is enough when the sentence is over. I'm pretty conservative. Ok, I'm ultra-conservative. Sometimes I wish the right wing was a little longer so I wouldn't risk falling off the edge. The point is that just because you're anti-hippie, it doesn't mean that murderers of hippies are heroes and should be released from prison. Speaking of hippies, while they are a subset of society today... while Lennon and the Beatles were at their height; EVERYONE was a hippie. It was the 60's when British Invasion happened - "make love, not war," "flower power," and all those cliches were the mantra of the 20-something Baby Boomers. So he wasn't really a hippie back then. He was just another guy.

I also happen to be a Beatles fan so I may not be objective on the matter but I think any music fan will undoubtedly admit that the Beatles have influenced nearly every band in every genre to a degree.

Maybe the Beatles sucked. Maybe John Lennon was a son of a bitch. Maybe Mark David Chapman was merely the first to do the inevitable. Whatever the case may be, is it really enough to release this guy from jail early? Is enough really enough? This guy was a fan that killed his idol. Actually he was a FANatic. That's just not health. I don't know how long his sentence was for bu I think he needs to ride it out.

The important issue here is why people think that shit is normal to say online. You NEVER hear these types of conversation on the street or at the bar at Chili's but the proliferation online is astounding. In the past I would say that it's the relative anonymity of being online that allows you to say the most ridiculous but these the Myspaces and Facebooks of the world give away a lot of one's identity. So I guess I have no idea why this shit occurs online the way it does.

I just know it was far and away the silliest cause I've seen pop up online in a long, long time.