A rant against spammers and hackers.

I have recently had this blog invaded by a “hacker” or “spammer” (the actual title is really irrelevant).
I have had spam tweets sent with ridiculous links to various sites based in eastern Europe, or to amazing magical cures to all ills, or to real estate in Florida!
Today, I noticed a posting on Facebook for an organisation I strongly support called “Choose To Matter”, which is about getting youth to have confidence in themselves, whatever their race, religion, sexual orientation. It is about saying to everyone “You Matter”. The post was about “the 15 sexiest female athletes alive” and was of course more spam.
My rant will now begin: Firstly, it is so sad to see people who have coding and hacking skills using their abilities to create rubbish. Secondly, they are spoiling the work of positive people who are trying to do positive things.
The web is about us as humans, which is why there is so much on it that is inspiring and uplifting and gives you hope for our future as a species on this increasingly damaged planet we live on.
It is also about pornography, bullying, hate of others because they do not “fit in” to their world -view, to spoiling the efforts of others.
It is such a pity that so many of us experience this content as a large part of our experience of the web. It can turn hope into despair, but I remain an optimist who feels that our younger generation will increasingly come to understand that the rubbish, the hate and the negativity should not appear on our most precious collective possession.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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