Like many I have been reeling from the Jimmy Saville revelations. I was a nurse in Leeds at the time he was portering, and to think he was groping helpless patients is shocking, but he used his ‘good works’ to hide his activity. Victims of his abuse carry the emotional scars, his memory for them is of a sexual monster whom used them. His charities are now rejected and localities bearing his name simply rubbing out his memory.
He defended ‘Gary Glitter’s’ (Paul Gadd) use of child pornography on his computer, somehow negating the fact that there would have been a child victim used to make the images. But digital evidence was found when his hard drive was examined.
Computing has become an integrated part of our lives, Perhaps if Saville had been a different generation his perpetration would have been exposed via social networking of his 300 victims – could augmented reality have been used geolocating his victims at the BBC:
Even if we use pseudonyms our digital footprint is left, and these can be traced back to individuals. If you ‘message’ somebody in Facebook, then delete it….. think again, it is only ‘archived’! What we expose on the internet is out there and ownership belongs to whom ever owns the server your information is on, and battles over rights of information are on-going.
Parents need to wise up and empower their children to make the right choices for life, as it will be exposed. For example cyber-bullying just reflects what is happening within cultures.
Sadly bullying also has been highlighted as coming from Christians, are we really reflecting Christ?
Do we want the Saviour’s digital footprint to look like the Monty-Python image squashing all underfoot?
There is a legacy though. It is of promise, hope, love, of inheritance of a Righteous Kingdom, as our legacy is from Christ. It is contained in the Bible, summarised in:
John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”