Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Term: Social Media Speed; the Confederate Flag Ban Version

Now this is change that is strait-up stunning.
Prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week's attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania-based company came to the decision as pressure grew on South Carolina to remove the banner from outside the State House in Columbia. 
You add to this the fact that Amazon, Sears, Wal-Mart, and EBay have taken all their confederate flag merchandise off the shelves at once. The S. Carolina legislature will probably end up sending the flag to a museum soon and other legislatures will probably be pressured into it. This all happened in 5 days. 

You have to hand all of this to Twitter and Facebook. The gap between event and action has moved at lightning speed. What is bad though is that the next event will turn everyone's heads and nothing long term will be done. You can ban the Stars-and-bars as a feel good measure but mental health as not been addressed. Even a background check might not have caught this latest psycho-killer. In any case change happens so fast nowadays it really is a marvel to watch.

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