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If You See Something, Do Something

If you see something, say something.  We’re familiar with that term, but, I think it’s time to take it a step further.

If you see something, do something.

We are accustomed by now, to know that public displays of anything showing vulnerability are going to be filmed with a chance to go viral:

  1. Someone trips and falls down (an injured person is vulnerable)
  2. Animal tricks (an animal is vulnerable)
  3. A baby acting silly (a baby is vulnerable)
  4. “Aint nobody got time for that.” (a woman’s house burns down – vulnerable)
  5. A person getting beat up on the subway (vulnerable)

And the list goes on and on.  I don’t think we can be ignorant, or blind, to the fact that cameras are everywhere.  Good or bad, they serve a purpose.

But there in lies the difference.

Two weeks ago I was waiting for the light to change on a corner in Downtown Los Angeles, and a psychotic homeless person started chasing me around in a circle, as I watched men, women, and children on the sidewalk just stand there.  However, the kids took out their cameras and starting filming.

It made me angry.  The  kids filmed it versus being instructed on how to help someone vulnerable in that situation.

If you choose to film something, and not do something, you’re just as bad as the situation that you are filming and, exploiting vulnerable beings.


Photo by Anderson Mancini

If You See Something, Do Something

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough , Undressed, and I'm Not Playing.

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Loberg, E. (2018). If You See Something, Do Something. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 12, 2020, from


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