Free Speech in the Digital Age: Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins Share Their Experience with a Cyber Bully

Free Speech in the Digital Age: Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins Share Their Experience with a Cyber Bully

This past March on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss, host Donna Lyons addressed a critical topic in the digital age: cyber bullying. While many of us tend to think of it as a problem that affects mostly teenagers, the truth is, anyone can be a victim.

Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins know from personal experience that this is true.

First, a little background.

I “met” Jefferson in cyberspace via Donna, when she mentioned his interest in being a host on the Writestream Radio Network. As with many other solid, genuine people I’ve met online, I developed an easy friendship with him. Having known Donna for several years (even though we’ve not yet met in person), I trusted her judgement and after several conversations with Jefferson, had no doubts about the depth of his character.

Soon after, we made plans for him to broadcast The Formula: What Is It?  The show airs on the fourth Tuesday of the month, featuring entrepreneurs at various levels of experience, who reveal their unique “formula” for success.

However, as Ima stated in the interview, it’s natural in the Digital Age for people to conduct internet searches on others. I’ll admit I did that with Jefferson, mainly because I was impressed by the scope and depth of his career and wanted to know more. Intuitively, I knew I was dealing with a decent, honest person, which is why it was so disheartening to come across several slanderous posts about him.

Jefferson Keith Langley.

As the owner of an internet-based business that collaborates with a variety of clients and personalities, I’m aware that anyone at any time could take to their keyboard with the intention to slander my character and harm my company’s reputation. For that reason, I save all email correspondence and document all communication with every client. I won’t pretend I don’t make mistakes; I’m human, after all. But I do my best to explain the self-publishing process, maintain a schedule, and deliver a quality product. When necessary, I own up to my errors and correct them asap.

But Jefferson and Ima’s harrowing story is definitely a wake-up call, whether or not you own a business. It’s too easy for an individual to destroy good people and companies just by taking to their computer keyboards and publishing outright lies. Because the burden of proof falls on the victim and not the cyber bully, it’s nearly impossible to remove the offensive posts — and sadly, most people are quick to believe the worst.

In Jefferson and Ima’s case, this meant a significant loss of income and clients as their business dried up. Worse, the damage to their reputations made it difficult to even find a “pay the bills” job to support their basic needs. To their credit, they persisted. I highly recommend listening to the interview by clicking below.

When I came discovered the negative internet posts about Jefferson, I recognized them as a desperate attempt to discredit a good man and his business partner. Yes, I thought about calling him up to discuss it. Then I figured he’d already dealt with enough garbage and let it go.

What was the point of dredging it up with him when I’d already concluded that this was the work of a deranged individual?

As I got to know Jefferson better over a period of several months, my faith in him was vindicated. Because I produced his monthly show, we maintained regular contact via phone conversations and text messages. I’ve also seen the multiple glowing testimonials on Facebook from happy clients who have experienced amazing results in their businesses, thanks to his expert coaching.

I support his efforts to change the laws to adjust to the Digital Age. I’m a huge proponent of free speech, but free speech should not condone personal and professional destruction by dishonest, amoral people who leverage the easy opportunity the internet provides for “revenge.” In Jefferson’s case, the perpetrator — a woman — became obsessed with him in a classic case of “fatal attraction” (though thankfully, he’s alive and well today…unlike the wife of a CEO he knows who was the target of a smear campaign, a story he shares in the interview with Donna).

Again, I highly recommend listening to Jefferson and Ima’s on-air account of their experience with a cyber bully who nearly destroyed them — personally and professionally. It’s a cautionary tale for everyone, especially business-owners who work closely with clients. Thankfully, they managed to turn things around and have gone on to achieve greater success. As a result of what they have endured, they are also determined to draft legislation and petition Congress to address this crucial issue.

I’m grateful to Jefferson and Ima for their courage, honesty, and willingness to take a stand for integrity. Circumstances reveal character, and in their case, their horrific experience at the hands of a sick individual has proven that they each possess a strong, solid, and inspiring one.

A final word of advice: question EVERYTHING you read online, do your homework, and, if necessary, confront the person with the information you find on the internet. Give them a chance to defend themselves. Don’t just blindly trust “anonymous” sources who may have nothing more than an ax to grind, simply because they can get away with it.

In the Digital Age, the Golden Rule applies more than ever.

Discover more about Jefferson and the services he provides at ABETHIA.com and Artitechtronix.com.

Follow Ima Sumac Watkins on Instagram and about.me.

Need help with copy writing, independent publishing, or ghostwriting? Contact me here.

 

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SMART Growth Marketing ~ Telling Your Story on Social: Tailoring Your Message

SMART Growth Marketing ~ Telling Your Story on Social: Tailoring Your Message

It’s the second Wednesday in November, so SMART Growth Marketing joins me at 11 AM Eastern on November 8 to share their expert tips on social media – specifically, how to use various platforms to tell your story, connect with your audience, develop relationships, and increase sales.

Darien Hill, founder of SMART Growth Marketing and Annie Schiffmann, Social Media Manager with SMART Growth Marketing will discuss the best social media strategies, based on your unique business and goals. During the live broadcast, call in with your questions at (347) 945-7246 and press “1” to get into the queue.

To stream the show, click here. Visit www.smartgrowthmarketing.com for more information.

UPDATE: Missed the live show? Click below to discover valuable information about using social media for success.

About Darien Hill

Darien is passionate about inspiring individuals to unleash their inner champion.  He was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua. In 1996 he received a track and field scholarship to Murray State University in Kentucky, where he received his degree in marketing.

Darien loves to help small businesses and organizations tell their story in a unique way and to inspire their customers to action.   He has trained over 100 banking professionas from companies such as Suntrust Bank, BMO Harris & BB&T on how to leverage social media to increase customer acquisition. He is a highly sought after speaker and has been featured on Central Florida News 13 as a social media correspondent.

 

 

About Annie Schiffmann

Annie Schiffman is the founder of Downstage Media. She’s a former actress and professional improviser.

Annie has worked with the Off-Broadway and nationally touring cult favorite Broadway’s Next Hit Musical since 2015. Recently, she worked on the international premier of the play The Loser Letters. She consulted for author and actor Greg Triggs on his book launch for The Happiest Place on Earth. She has also been a contributor and jack-of-all trades for the theater startup YesBroadway.com where she got to interview Tony Award-winning producers and actors as well as international pop star Ben Folds.

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Day 17 – Tasha Chen’s Science of Getting Rich Academy

Day 17 – Tasha Chen’s Science of Getting Rich Academy

“There is a thinking substance from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates and fills the interspaces of the universe.

“A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

“A person can form things in his thought and by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

“In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; otherwise, he cannot be in harmony with the Formless Intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.

“A person may come into full harmony with the Formless Substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of a person with the intelligence of Substance, so that a person’s thoughts are received by the Formless. A person can remain on the creative plane only by uniting himself with the Formless Intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude.”

Listen to Tasha’a full reading of Chapter 17 below.

For more, visit www.scienceofgettingrichacademy.com

Listen to Create Your Life with Tasha Chen on Writestream Radio Network.

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The Writestream: Lost, Found & Rewired with Cynthia Dougherty, Ph.D.

The Writestream: Lost, Found & Rewired with Cynthia Dougherty, Ph.D.

I’m excited to welcome a newly published Writestream author to my show on Wednesday, October 11 at 11 AM Eastern. Please tune in for an informative, fun discussion on Lost Found & Rewired: Mind Tools to Shift You from Stressed and Frazzled to Calm and Vital with Cynthia Dougherty, Ph.D.:

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. The world has changed at lightning speed over the last two decades. As a result, most of us are living our lives in a frantic blur of incessant emails, social media engagement, text messages as well as an over-abundance of multi-tasking – which leaves our minds in a state of low concentration, high stress and fragmented attention. Our minds are wasting away in this damaging environment which has become a normal way of life for the majority of people. Lost, Found & Rewired will give you the tools you need to shut off that distracting mind chatter, rewire your brains so you can get back to feeling calm, happy, purposeful, connected and joyful. When you understand how your brain has evolved, then you will be able to learn how to re-wire it and reap the endless benefits.

Written by a neuro-psychologist, but taught in language that everyone can understand. Here’s some of what you’ll discover in this exceptional book: How your brain conserves energy so it can survive and makes decisions on automatic pilot that may not be in your best interest Why your brain has something in it called a “negativity bias” which causes you to attract the bad and repel the good How negative experiences in your life become neural pathways in your brain, requiring re-wiring to replace the harmful effects Understanding that a big part of your brain isn’t full developed and as a result, is causing chaos in your life How the fight or flight response dictates your life if you aren’t aware of it Why a few moments of intentional stillness a day can have a huge impact in your life Understanding that you have an Inner Caveman lurking around your mind and ways you can get him under control Dozens of Mind Tools that will raise your happiness levels and reduce your anxiety levels that you can add to your daily life How to identify and remove the biggest stressors in your life Ways to handle the daily overload in our lives How to shift from the negative to the positive – even though your brain doesn’t want you to The emotional, mental, spiritual and physical benefits of mindfulness Lost, Found & ReWired is filled with real stories, exercises, the latest research studies and tools to help take you from frazzled and fragmented to cool and calm! This is a must read for everyone who wants to quiet their minds and find more inner happiness, peace and joy.

Cynthia’s bio:

Cynthia Dougherty, Ph.D., has been in the “Helping” business for over two decades. You can reach Cynthia at her website: www.gratefulpeaceofmind.com

Her all-embracing wisdom comes from her training as a Wellness and Life Coach, a Certified Meditation Teacher, and a Certified School Psychologist. Cynthia also holds a Ph.D. in Human and Child Development, a Master’s degree in Family Therapy and a Certificate in Neuropsychology.

Cynthia has practiced in a wide variety of settings including a clinical practice, schools, hospitals and major corporations. Cynthia now combines her psychology and therapy training with her love and passion and for neuroscience and mindfulness. Cynthia believes that bringing mindfulness into your life both personally and in business will help you optimize your ability to create and live a happy, joyous and fulfilling life. Awareness is the foundation of who we are and what we do and is the key to self-knowledge, transformation and being able to not just survive in the stressful world we live in, but to really thrive! Cynthia helps people reduce their stress by teaching them how their brain operates and then showing them how to re-wire their brains using simple mind tools. Cynthia enjoys coaching people in using mind tools to live a more fulfilling, happier and less fear-driven life.

During the interview, we welcome your questions at (347) 945-7246. To stream the episode, click here on Wednesday October 11 at 11 AM Eastern.

Preview and purchase Lost Found & Rewired on Amazon.com in Kindle or paperback.

UPDATE: Missed the live interview? Click to listen.

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