s human beings, we search for our limits, as individuals and jointly as interests’ groups. On that quest, humans commit mistakes of different breadth sometimes without taking into account what these may mean, unaware that those actions may not be vanished in one place at one time. But now, if online, those wrongdoings are kept in the record. A member of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta (Canada) has been lately suspended after she apologized for a picture posted one year ago on Instagram. A newly elected official in Madrid (Spain) has also been suspended after a tweet joke written four years ago*. In the US, Politwoops, a website dedicated to record politician’s deleted tweets, has been killed by Twitter. What would have happened if politicians today had had a profile in the Internet when they were younger? This wicked question poses a debate, as we see today’s consequences for the Internet users. This is especially true for youngsters and their transition into future politicians, CEOs, mothers and fathers.
Being wrong is part of the process and, actually, recognizing it should not be a burden affecting the value of responsibility compulsory for (y)our professional life. But the landscape, with or without acknowledging an online background, depicts a 22% of registered voters in the US who clicked their political preference in past elections on social network sites. Only 1/3 of 18-24 year-olds think social media will influence their vote (poll by Ipsos Mori), while for millennials, sharing anything online is as natural as taking on new responsibilities when adults. Today’s youngsters and potential future politicians, under the rigid laws of morality, will be “social media celibate(s)”, with artificially monotone profiles. In other words, in the near future, “boring people will breed boring politicians who will create boring policies”.
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