Oh, say, can he sing? Yes!

Despite living in a world that’s filled with “new and improved” technology wherever I go, I’m not totally on-board with what’s available out there. I’m no techno-phobe — I don’t text or tweet. And, I’ve only had my own cell phone for less than two years.

And I realize the advantages of the internet, regardless of who may have invented it.

There is one aspect of the “net” that I do find disturbing, however, and that deals with how people can hide behind the web and get away with saying anything they like, whether or not it’s true, and yet not have to be identified. For them, it’s “don’t let the facts get in the way of a good blog because I can say anything I want without having to tell you who I am.”

While I’m a firm believer in the First Amendment, this right requires at least a modicum of responsibility. After all, it was a former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. what made the point that freedom of speech isn’t absolute; it doesn’t mean a person can “falsely shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”

The recent example of how the minds (and I use the term “minds” loosely) of these gutless wonders work by hiding behind cyber walls came out in the situation with Sebastien De La Cruz, an 11-year-old San Antonio mariachi singer who was subjected to personal attacks simply because of his heritage.

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