Speak Up

Facebook posts speak to privacy standards

The fact that Derek Medina felt the need to post the photo of his dead wife, plus try to justify his actions to his Facebook audience makes a grotesque statement about privacy. What it says is that we think everyone is watching us. Obviously this man thinks everyone cares. The photo is the height of disrespect. It’s almost bragging.

Since I saw the Miami Herald tweet within five minutes of the post, I wondered if his Facebook profile had been taken down. I looked up his name, and it was the second profile in the list of results. I immediately reported it on Facebook.

I applaud the media for not publishing the photo. That would have been so wrong, and yet, I feel we are just a year or two away from that being OK. We are so desensitized.

What scares me about social media is the “15 minutes of fame” idea that Andy Warhol came up with. People think that because they are in the public eye via social media that people care. It’s not so much that anyone or everyone is watching, but the fact that you can share or put it out there. This somehow gives weight to our actions in our minds.

Helen Gynell, Miami

Note: We asked members of the Public Insight Network— locals who have agreed to share their insights on current events for the Miami Herald and WLRN —if they reflected on their social media use in light of the South Miami man accused of killing his wife and posting her photo on Facebook. Have you read inappropriate Facebook posts? Tell us.Start informing our newsroom with your thoughts at MiamiHerald.com/insight.