COLLINS – Time for a good dose of civility on social media

Snow-clearing issue has brought some unnecessary trolling in social media, says Doug Collins.

THE ARMCHAIR MAYOR and I were talking the other day about the good and bad of social media.

We are both totally amazed at the lack of civility shown by people on Twitter, Facebook and web sites by people who 1) have no concept of issues 2) have no solution to offer, just complaints, and 3) the brutal way they attack people they don’t agree with.

I am personally shocked by the tone of emails, tweets and posts that occur every day. On a news site, we expect people who have personal bias to express their opinions. That’s what those sites are for- to initiate discussion and try to foster varying opinions.

But I try to eliminate those who go into “attack” mode and personally berate people whom they don’t agree with. Personal attacks that are made without any knowledge of the person being attacked. A little heated discussion is great, but when it becomes personal, that’s just another case of cyberbullying. And it has to stop.


Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.

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