Have you met…Terry Jones?

10 May

‘Facebook,my love. You keep my loved ones (-and maybe also not so loved once) in one place, you give me the chance to procrastinate and you also let me “like” more things than I ever thought was possible.’
My ode to facebook can be also extended to social media in general, but in the same way I do love it, it also scares me or even makes me furious.

Furious?Well,listen to this…

Last year, a (sect) pastor from Florida communicated a message to the world:”Let us burn 200 Qurans on the 11th of September.”
Why did he wanted to do this?
In “memory” of the 11th September and in order to state a message. Maybe even just to provoke and get some kind of 2-minute fame – whatever. But most importantly, this whole incident was supposed to maybe come up in some local news, get some short criticism and then disappear in the huge vastness of the sea of information.

Well, that is not exactly what happened.

According to the article “From Facbook to Prime-Time” Terry Jones a message on Facebook on his book “Islam is of Devil” invoked people to issue ideas on how to burn Qurans. Although there were barely any comments, many people were outraged. This actually got the ball rolling. In a few weeks, Jones appeared in several interviews, on television,on youtube and thus got more attention than he was supposed to. Luckily, governments reacted and Jones did not burn a Quran in 2010.

End of story?

Sharon Autenrieth compares Jones in his article “The Rat that Roared” to a figure in Dr.Seuss Yertle the Turtle.

This throne that I sit on is too, too low down.

It ought to be higher!” he said with a frown.

“If I could sit high, how much greater I’d be!

What a king! I’d be ruler of all that I see!

Therefore Jones of course did not dissappear, he did even worse. Unhappy about his sudden loss of fame, he decided to burn a Quran anyway. One person who burns a Quran? Again, a message with no great potential of being on page one in newspapers.
He was also held a trial for burning it, but the media tried to ignore this message in order to prevent social interest.
Unfortunately Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, saw this as the perfect insult and was not only outraged but also requested an apology of the U.S. congress.
“Given the high sign by their president (don’t tell me otherwise – the man may be corrupt, but he’s not stupid), the usual mob took to the streets. ” (Sharon Autenrieth)
Where did this lead to?

I asked myself who or what is the reason for this horrible event?Jones,Karzai,social media?
I have to admit, the answer has not clearly formed in my mind, but many factors are part of this disaster…
But we should always be aware of how our 24/7 connection to the world and the “overflow” of information on the internet may leave a bad aftertaste…

NOTE: I have barely used hyperlinks to videos of Jones or the like, because I did not want to promote his videos. One could argue that my article works agains the message I am promoting, but the damage is done and I think we should know about the damage created.


9 Responses to “Have you met…Terry Jones?”

  1. angiethiem May 11, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Surfing through our blogs, scrolling up and down, skimming here and there – wow- I had to stop here! And why the heck are no comments on this post so far?! People wake up and read this!!! Great writing style (seriously, no yadayada-phrase) and good chosen topic!I already heart about things like that (funny enough even people on FB post horror stories about the network itseself…) and saw what happened to individiums misusing/ or being misused by the net. It shows ones again the power of the media and thanks to you I will remember the name Terry Jones (and connected to that the results of his destiny). Nice post! 🙂 – and maybe link it on FB – guess ur example showed that maybe more people will read it! Its def worth it

    • fannysia May 18, 2011 at 10:58 am #

      Hello 🙂 I love your post, especially your writing style.

      i could feel your emotions in your blog post even though you don’t persuade your readers about your point or stand. You tell us the story and let us pass our own judgment. ingenious 🙂 Thanks for the awesome piece!

    • moonjungkoo May 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      i found your post is very persuative – telling us interesting stories with your passion – good job!

  2. unitedtribes May 18, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Hey i really love your writing style!

    I think the way you started off your blogpost was really interesting and made me want to read more, because i TOTALLY feel the same way (about social media) 😛

    I have never heard of Terry Jones actually, so I’m glad I learnt something new today. Actually i like the way you excluded hyperlinks to Jones and his sources because it isnt something worth promoting, actually.

    Thanks alot for the informative blogpost!

    Iris 🙂

  3. johannpf May 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Hey. I love the way you’re post stirs up emotions! Right from the beginning it sounds passionate and pulls the reader into the topic. THis is probably one of the most important skills when writing almost anything.
    You have an excellent way of relating the topic to your audience by pointing out the consequence small actions can have when magnified by a social network as extensive as facebook.
    Very well thought through and formulated piece of writing.

  4. Dian Stefanov May 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Kristina,

    I really approve the choice of the topic – up to date and provocative. The way you approach it – neutrally – is totally appropriate, because the way people would react on what is written is really dependable on your writing style.

    Good work!

  5. changyong May 18, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    THanks for your great effort for the blog.
    As our prof. already mentioned, your post is very comfortable to read.
    it was not adult to child talk style blog, but it was adult to adult talk or let’s say friend to friend talk.
    Great job.
    Easy to read and easy to understand without losing the interest.
    Good job.

  6. mengmei May 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    your blog is great!
    You choose a very persuasive way to attract readers and make us keep reading on and on.Your writing style is like telling stories, not just describe something to us flatly. Words like “Furious?Well,listen to this…”,”End of story?”…just can improve that you make readers have the curiosity to continue their reading.
    I love your style of telling a story.
    Wonderful work!

  7. sasha1989 July 13, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Hi Kristina,
    I simply love you post.
    When i saw it i thought: omg, such a long one.How will i manage it?
    But I even didn’t notice how I finished reading it. I lke the language you use. It is easy to follow your thoughts and ideas.
    In my opinion, it is reasonable not to include links to the information about Terry Jones.
    All in all, good job!

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