Well, this is definitely the dark side, or should I say dumb side, of the social media space for sure.
CBS New York reports about a ‘fan’ who ran onto the field during the MLB All Star Game last night.
There might not have been a ton of action on the field during Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game — the American League won a pitching duel, 3-0 — but spectators at the park were entertained when a fan sporting a Robinson Cano shirt ran onto the field and was taken down by security guards.
He’s known as @MasoneDylan on Twitter, and prior to the Midsummer Classic he tweeted that if he received 1,000 retweets he would “run across the field.”
Sure enough, he got the 1,000 retweets necessary.
You can guess what he did next. This is what he got for his efforts.
(Note: If this was in Philly they would have tasered him so this guy, unfortunately, gets off easy)
I am not playing the role of ‘stick in the mud’ here. It’s just that stunts like this in an age where people are wary of anyone doing anything that could even remotely smell of something more serious (in the wake of the Boston marathon bombings EVERYONE at events like this are on high alert) are not smart.
What makes it worse is that this action was driven by something as hollow as a number of retweets. It’s the social media version of a ‘double dog dare’ and it does no good for anyone, including the medium.
Unfortunately, there is no point to truly make here other than to think before you do something mindless especially at the urging of a group of virtual morons.
Something to really think about, however, is whether we have let the idea of having any kind of audience cloud our judgment so much that we will do anything if enough people retweet? Since it’s obvious some have already gone there then I would say this is trending poorly.
UPDATE: From the NY Post we get this ray of hope because at least this kid’s mom tried to tell him that what he was planning was not smart.
Before the stunt, the teen sent out a picture of a text from his mother: “It’s not funny that’s a serious thing and u could get arrested if not worse please don’t b ridiculous.”
So all is not lost. At least parents are trying to keep kids from being stupid. As for success? Well, that’s another story.