the conflicted nature of internet ink

Marc Anthony sings God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in New York

Sometimes the internet shows us the worst of ourselves. New York born singer Marc Anthony’s singing of “God Bless America” elicited a flurry of tweets by extremely misguided souls, who took it upon themselves to question why Anthony was singing the song because he “wasn’t American.”

Social media trolling ensued.

The most egregious of these tweets were collected on the Tumblr site Public Shaming.

Why I’m curious

When I first read about this story, I was enraged by the ignorance and intolerance of some of our fellow human-beings. I felt like they deserved to be shamed online for their racist views.

Then I thought back to Eric Schmidt’s New Digital Age and wondered, how long will this strike against these people’s character live? Are these hateful comments truly written in indelible digital ink? Like any crime, do the people posting these despicable things deserve our contempt if we have no way of knowing if their views and actions have changed?

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