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Students take social media too far

By ALLIE ENGLERT
A woman without regrets

ecardRecently Georgetown has become a hot topic of conversation on social media. While admissions has created a Facebook page to plug in future GC Tigers with their potential fellow students, and the Georgetown Tumblr keeps us all laughing with its regular posts, other nameless individuals utilize social media to slander their peers. One must wonder what makes an individual create Twitter pages such as the GC Slut or the GC Burn Book. Although these forums may have been originally made in jest, it is undeniable that they create a negative image for Georgetown College.

Until yesterday, one could follow the GC Burn Book on Twitter @GC_burnbook. Like it’s “Mean Girls” namesake, this account often tweeted derogatory statements at current Georgetown students. In reality, this page was a glorified version of cyber-bullying that mirrors the harassment that so often occurs at the middle and high school levels. It is astounding that anyone could be so immature as an educated adult to create such a meaningless page. Although the posts may not have been intended for others to take seriously, this account creates a destructive image for GC as a whole. Prospective students who are considering pursuing their degree at Georgetown may have viewed this page and decided against GC. Luckily, the page is now unavailable and, thus, unable to do any more harm to current or prospective Georgetown students.

MCKAYLAIf you use Twitter, then you have probably had the misfortune of coming across the Georgetown Slut page. As if the page’s profile picture isn’t shocking enough, it is full of sexually explicit content that rivals that of a smut novel. Ultimately, the GC Slut Twitter page normally leaves its viewers grimacing at its raunchy content.  Not only does the page objectify women on GC, often calling them out by name, the GC slut is certainly not an accurate representation of the women on Georgetown’s campus. One can only hope that like the Burn Book, the creator of the GC Slut page will use his or her better judgment and remove this page, as well.

It should be noted, however, that not all Georgetown students utilize social media in a negative way. #WHATSHOULDWECALLGEORGETOWN, GC’s very own Tumblr page, has a knack for creating posts that shed light on life as a Georgetown student in a humorous manner. While this site undeniably uses “adult” humor and language, the bottom line is that it does so in a comedic and light-hearted way. It should be noted that #WHATSHOULDWECALLGEORGETOWN is a satire, as it comments on the overall GC experience about Georgetown. The creators of this Tumblr account use sarcasm while simultaneously offering constructive criticism by pointing out inconvenient truths concerning life at GC. Hopefully, students and administrators consider the advice, or laugh it off, instead of becoming offended by the Tumblr’s posts. Ultimately, unlike the GC Slut and GC Burnbook, this social media site unites Tigers, as it comments on Georgetown traditions and events that all students experience.

Social media is a double-edged sword. When used correctly it can bring people together, but it also has the great power to cause harm to individuals and institutions as a whole. Georgetown College is full of intelligent minds. It is this writer’s hope that GC students will use their intelligence by showing respect to GC’s close-knit community by using social media properly.

And if you don’t know, now you know, Tigas.