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It’s Facebook BC450

Posted: February 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
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ImageI think I’ve come across one of the earliest examples of social media. Nehemiah was a governor in Persia when he asked permission to return to his cultural home of Jerusalem and rebuild the walls. He was doing pretty well, but there was a small group of men who were opposed to what he was doing and were trying to distract him.

It sounds like Facebook BC450 when Sanballat and Geshem sent out an unsealed letter making all sorts of accusations against Nehemiah. Being unsealed meant that as the letter was passed along, anyone who wanted could read it and spread the news they read.

The letter commenced with the words: It is reported among the nations and Geshem says it is true – two phrases that are repeated regularly in the 21st century:

“It is reported among the nations” – or more commonly, “everybody is saying it” and “Geshem says it is true”, more commonly paraphrased “If it’s on Facebook then it must be true.”

Gossip may have been around for the last 2500 years or more but it’s taken on a fresh form in the world of social media. At church this morning I talked about this and prayed that we fix our eyes on Jesus and allow Jesus to guard our ears, control our fingers, direct our tongue, and protect our mind.

It’s probably a bit self-indulgent, but after reading many recollections on a Facebook site “I Remember Kalgoorlie When…” , I decided to put together a summary of some of the stories that I covered in two decades of journalism from 1973-1993. Fortunately, I kept files of many of my stories and photographs through these decades. It was interesting to go back and see names and events that brought back memories, but I realised after putting together some of the highlights that it actually represented a valuable historical journey through two decades of regional journalism. During that time I reported in the Goldfields, Kimberley and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia and interviewed some fascinating people. Have a look at it here, and enjoy the journey.