Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Power of Words

Words are much more powerful than you think. They have the power to build someone up, yet tear another down. Even a careless word said in jest has the same power as one said with intended meaning. Words can bring a smile to the lips or tears to the eyes, it all depends on how you use them.
Recently there have been stories in the papers that show the power that words truly have. Take for example the case of Lord McAlpine. All it took was for one person to use the word 'paedophile' and an innocent man was labelled as something he was not, and underwent 'trial by Twitter' as thousands of users logged on to add their metaphorical fuel to the fire.
Eventually it was proven that Lord McAlpine was not a paedophile as so many had been quick to call him, but once a label has be stuck to someone it is very hard to remove it. Despite the fact that we live in the UK, a country whose legal system is built around the precedent of 'innocent until proven guilty'. Once judgement has been passed it very hard to change it.
Lord McAlpine is not the only one to have been the victim of 'trial by Twitter' or to be labelled with a word that has nothing to do with him, many of us have fallen victim to the power of words. So next time you are about to label someone, remember the power that your words can have.

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