The Saga of the Talking Tree

Daily Prompt: Freedom of Facebook

Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. Is it a website’s job to moderate the content users post, or should users have freedom to say what they want? Is there a happy medium? If so, how would you structure it?

As a Facebook member and user who enjoys many things about Facebook and despises many as well, I offer limited analysis. I will share the same advice my Dad gave to me in regard to participating in things some might question: “Be as smart as cows. Eat the hay and spit out the briers.”

With that I now give you my observations and lesson of another social meeting site:

The Saga of the Talking Tree

Tree

Tree (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

In the middle of an open lot
The Talking Tree stood tall and proud
The gathering place in the center of a little rural town

Down one side ran unused tracks
Calm city streets around the other three
Short grass everywhere except right under the tree

The name came from the local moms
who loved to sit and chat in the tree’s shade
Sharing life as their children ran, laughed and played

Soon others began to come and sit
Many joined the conversation
Decency lasted for a while, then came verbal stagnation

Mothers did not want their children to hear
Many things that were then being said
Ladies and gentlemen also chose to go elsewhere instead

In time the tree became a troubled spot
A site of nefarious deeds and vulgar words
Authorities were asked to act lest things grow so much worse

The tree and the grass remain there so alone
No one now wants to return
Reputation is hard to reclaim once it’s sullied and burned

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

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One thought on “The Saga of the Talking Tree

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