They All Fall Down
Ring around the Rosie pocket full of posies ashes ashes they all fall down. This is the song kindergarteners sang when learning to interact with one another in the 80s. These days kids learn phonics via tablet and Saturday morning cartoons are a thing of the past. Many behaviors that were status quo 30 years ago will land you in hot water and possibly a prison jumpsuit today. It’s the age of social media and that’s a blessing and a curse.
People 35 and older grew up in a very different world. We watched cartoons, had to be in when the streetlights came on and had about 3-5 channels for news and entertainment growing up. Before Fox News and MSNBC there was just ABC, CBS and NBC. There were no 24 hour news channels. Back then it was way more important to be accurate than to be first. Now not only is being first everything but simply accusing someone can end a 30 year career.
There have been many accusations of sexual harassment and impropriety. These behaviors are exhibited across many fields of business and entertainment and should not be tolerated in any field for any reason. Unfortunately many women never come forward for fear of not being believed, being labeled a trouble maker, retaliation or job loss. On the flip side an accusation by itself without due process should not be career ending. There’s a saying don’t believe everything you hear and half of what you see. The most powerful among us escape consequence for sport.