It seems worth considering the impact of all these friends of friends and friends of enemies we now gather as a matter of routine on various social networks.
It’s long been understood that you are who you associate with though. . For example, if you’re standing on the street with a bunch of gang members, you raise your risks of being shot at. If you’re in a crack den and the cops come in and round everyone up, you’re going with.
We don’t think so much in these terms at the moment. It’s a “we’re all connected” sort of world but I wonder if it might be wise to think a little harder.
As an example, say I someone I know to be quite horrible. I have personal experience with them – I KNOW their character and then I see you are friends with them on facebook. Does this impact my feelings about you?
It’s not supposed to in some kind of idealistic world but in reality, I say it does. I mean, you’re friends with my rapist… I am going to get a little nervous see?
What do you think about this? Does it matter who you know?