For the past few days, I have been in New Orleans, Louisiana. The amazing city includes anything from alligators (alive and in jerky form), plantation, swamp and cemetery tours, history galore, live music and impressive food!
And a place called Bourbon Street.
Now even though Bourbon Street would not be a regular hang out for me, I knew it had to be done. To my surprise the party atmosphere was contagious and I had an amazing time!
As I stood out on the balcony (on the left), I have to admit digital citizenship came to my mind:
1) Cheering, drinking and dancing with the crowd on this famous Mardi Gras street.
2) Watching beads being thrown to men and women in exchange for breasts.
As I went back and forth in the presence of mixed feelings, I couldn’t help but imagine the amount of videos and photos being taken of people in public party mode.
With the risk of online exposure, what drives others to partake in ‘risky’ behaviour (though I admire their courage to express themselves as they please)?
Should possible repercussions of these actions be less criminal because atmospheres like these (similar to Vegas) are expected and accepted?
Who gets to decide what is acceptable/unacceptable behaviour in the first place?
What drives people to post detrimental photos and spread gossip of another person? What do they get out of shaming others?
At the end of the day, I strive for personal and online behaviour that respectful and non judgmental, reflecting upon the fact I only have control over my own actions. Why bother judging actions (of others) when I don’t have control of them in the first place?
In my opinion, digital citizenship has a lot to do with spreading the happiness and enjoyment of life and even more to do with teaching respect and empathy.
That being said, I’m going to relish in the culture and vibrancy of this city!
1). I got to hold this cutie-pie baby alligator. I miss him already (his name was Handbag – for real).
2). The swamp is a magical place. If it weren’t for all the alligators, it would be a peaceful place to live.