Responsibility comes with social media

There’s a video doing the rounds of a young woman on the Metro North train who gets into a verbal altercation with the conductor1. She keeps bringing up how “well-educated” she is. Her behavior is disgusting and despicable. Education has nothing to do with classy behavior. Neither does money. We’ve all seen enough examples of that.

BUT – what’s happened to her is also unacceptable. Her name has been made mud across the internet, people have posted her resume, there’s a Facebook page in her name where people are calling her a c**t. This stuff never goes away – ever. In 20 years it will still be there when you Google her name2.

Is it a violation of her privacy to take video of her without her knowledge even though it’s a public place? I am not sure, but the person who took and posted the video is equally vile and despicable and has taken an unpleasant and disgusting situation and potentially ruined her life. That’s not fair punishment.

Why is there no repercussions to that person? He/she was being surreptitious – it’s not like he/she was bold and brave – the video was taken on the sly. This is the downside of videos on cell phones and instant uploads. The person probably posted it without thinking through the consequences. And now, there is no going back.

A sad situation, made sadder. Two wrongs were done here – let’s be very clear about that.


  1. She happens to be South Asian, but that has little to do with this post. 

  2. For that reason, I will not post any links to the video or any articles. 

  • Akash Agrawal

    “Education has nothing to do with classy behavior”, I don’t agree. There are some stupid people who fail to contain themselves. But education serves a lot of purpose including good behavior.

  • Akash Agrawal

    “Education has nothing to do with classy behavior”, I don’t agree. There are some stupid people who fail to contain themselves. But education serves a lot of purpose including good behavior.

  • Guest

    Lighten up. I love the interwebs

  • Guest

    Lighten up. I love the interwebs

  • http://shripriya.com/blog Shripriya

    Well, there are uneducated people who behave in a very dignified manner and educated people who do not. It’s not just education that is the cause, but a lot of other things… That’s what I meant.

  • http://shripriya.com/blog Shripriya

    Thanks for proving my point by posting anonymously. Lol.

  • http://tatvam.com/ Shripriya

    Well, there are uneducated people who behave in a very dignified manner and educated people who do not. It’s not just education that is the cause, but a lot of other things… That’s what I meant.

  • http://tatvam.com/ Shripriya

    Thanks for proving my point by posting anonymously. Lol.

  • http://www.carid.com CARiD

    It’s not good to flaunt your achievement or knowledge to
    other people so they will feel pity for themselves, what the girl has done is
    wrong and she must realize it but taking and uploading a video or hers without
    permission is also a bad thing. Despite of what she did it’s still not right to
    put her into shame by going public.

  • http://www.carid.com CARiD

    It’s not good to flaunt your achievement or knowledge to
    other people so they will feel pity for themselves, what the girl has done is
    wrong and she must realize it but taking and uploading a video or hers without
    permission is also a bad thing. Despite of what she did it’s still not right to
    put her into shame by going public.