Felicia Sonmez and Kobe Bryant: A Lesson in Social Media

There are a variant of topics to discuss, but this happened a while back, but I wanted time to rest on Kobe Bryant’s grave to respond. People are complex. No one is perfect, and Kobe Bryant has achieved so much in this life that it rivals any life other than the Pope. What has to be discussed is that social media is a good thing to bond with fellow compadre’s and talk about what we love to do. Either knitting, sewing, or basketball. It has become a tool that helps writers promote the articles they write, for freelance or major publications. Social media has its flaws, just like people, but it has an addiction factor, a dopamine hit that was never found in any hobby before, until video games entered popular culture. Life before social media was an isolating place. People could talk and meet each other and speak freely about how they feel, without feeling they have to watch what they say. In social media, these rules do not apply. Social media, for liberals, is a playground where they can say whatever they want and then “apologize” and get away with any threat, or doxing they seem right at the time. It helped Donald J. Trump reach a new media and people to vote for. What has happened in the world since 2016 reminds us that Orwell’s prediction of the left’s fall from grace, was ever so clear than we saw.
Twitter is only for liberals and you can only say the right things, but there is a backlash. What the media has never learned is that with this new avenue of social media, the immediate tweet can be seen and then read and scrutinized within a minute. Years of a reporter’s life without social media, creating bonds with the industry, can either end in firing or suspension. The media loves to play the victim game of “it’s freedom of speech.” I support all freedom of speech across any platform. There is a caveat of the Internet: what you post you should tattoo on your skin. A defined justice of social media is always never fair. Republicans are stalked and harassed by leftists online, and Twitter doesn’t blink. It looks at them as though they are crazy. Freedom of speech is a given for anyone in a free society where discourse is permitted. In England, there is no freedom of speech.
What Felicia Sonmez learned that day is that what you tweet can come back to hinder your career. The Media, and those reporters who repost something, usually are not going to be fired, but it’s the context of the post that made the bitterness and hatred Ms. Sonmez received all the more justified. Again, you should be able to repost and post what you want online, except you should be able to tattoo them on your skin. In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death, there were pictures mourning his death, many famous celebrities pitching loving words to the family’s survivors. This is what people who liked Kobe Bryant should do. Dissenting opinions should be kept within a day, unless it’s a joke. Jokes are protected by freedom of speech, but corporations do not care, and the wrath of fans will not sit by while the media drag favorite sports celebrities through the mud.

Felicia Sonmez reposted an article for the New York Times, which was an old story about the rape case involving Kobe Bryant in 2003. It has since been deleted but this idea of posting a tweet and then deleting it doesn’t work today. People can save them to their phones, and then spread it around across Twitter and Social media. I have no personal problem with Felicia herself, because I don’t know her, but to post the article not even two hours after Kobe Bryant’s death is classless. She was unavailable for comment, and if she was smart, she would stop posting. She can, but this elevated her to the point people know her and now are going to give her more hatred than she deserves. This writer has never read an article she has written and will probably make a special excuse not to read anything she will do.

Kobe Bryant didn’t deserve what happened to him. But what makes Felecia Sonmez’s tweet so vindictive is the timing. What she wants is fame, but being mocked for this, was definitely better. Result was Ms. Sonmez was suspended, and I knew she wasn’t going to be fired, but it made sense that with the backlash, that was her punishment. To be fired should have been the price to pay, but demoted by her own newspaper, is even worse. This writer knows who to read. This writer will read Nabokov and just laugh as the sharks descend. The meat is cold, but this sailor ponders just another feast, as he is just another pirate of the Internet, watching from the bow of his pirate ship.

To the family of Kobe Bryant, we are all praying for you, and your family.


1 comment to Felicia Sonmez and Kobe Bryant: A Lesson in Social Media

  • Politijim

    Unless of course you were throwing up in your mouth a little at that excessive celebration of a sports celebrity who got away with rape because of an almost limitless bank account. Reggie Miller is lobbying to change the NBA logo to Kobe.

    If conservatives have learned anything, if you don’t counter the initial, viral sentiment, you can’t ever counter it. In fact, the longer you wait, the more easily dismissed you are.

    The evidence is very strong that not only was this girl raped (Kobe admitted in his settlement that he saw how she thought it was rape) but Kobe’s PR team spent months falsely portraying her as a psychotic.

    Pardon me if I don’t pile on the woman who was courageous enough to point out the emperor had no clothes and was a rapist.

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