El Chapo, The Social Media Super Villain
There has never been a personality like that of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. The fabled Mexican drug kingpin has made a mockery of law enforcement and government like no other since Osama Bin Laden. To rub salt in the wounds of his spectacular escape from a maximum security prison, he is now using social media, Twitter, to taunt the law and threaten his enemies.
It seems inconceivable that such a brazen series of communications could be achieved, but with computing and social media, Guzman has become a sort of real life super villain. He openly boasts of his misdeeds and his success at thwarting the authorities. The public is enamored with his deeds of wrong doing, and he comes across like a modern day Robin Hood with broadband power.
The fact that he’s escaped twice from maximum security prisons, is considered the world’s most dangerous and wealthy drug kingpin, has constantly bested every opposing force, and outwitted the best in law enforcement has vaulted him into legendary status. This status he is using to his advantage like no other criminal celebrity in history since the likes of Chicago mobster, Al Capone.
Make no mistake. Guzman is no fool. He is highly intelligent, resourceful, crafty, resilient, tough, and strong willed. His ability to survive and rise to the top of the underworld is nothing short of phenomenal, and a testament to his survival skills. Like the legendary gangsters before him, he knows the value of spreading the wealth among the common folk, bribing the right officials and law enforcement, thus ensuring a level of loyalty that is of great advantage to him.
People are either too afraid to oppose him, or are in a sense of misguided awe at his bravado. He knows this, and that is why he’s constantly been two steps ahead.
The President of Mexico, and US presidential candidate, Donald Trump, are Guzman’s latest targets of threats and ridicule. To not take Guzman seriously, would be foolhardy. He’s proven he’s able to reach out to every area of society, and with money, men, and weapons at his disposal, no one is safe. The only thing he is missing is a menacing theme song from celebrated composer, John Williams.
To get a grip on his popularity, he actually has over half a million followers on Twitter alone. Add to that hundreds of websites, blogs, and forums dedicated to his exploits, that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he got his own reality television series on the History Channel.
Government and law enforcement can’t fight this kind of man. They have to rely on luck, for Guzman to slip up or for someone he’s offended, either friend or foe, to step up and undo him. In the meantime, the ball is in his court and everyone should be on the sidelines and keep their eyes open.
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