Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I Just 'Unliked' Your Facebook Page
I occasionally forget what is good for me and enter into the fray, generally to point out that there are few issues that are truly black and white and degenerating into (or starting out with) name-calling doesn't move the conversation along at all. And then I get called a "libtard" and my motives and intelligence get called into question and I get a stomach ache and have to take the dog for a long walk to remind myself not to do that again.
Lately, my recourse has been to take note of those organizations who repeatedly highlight contentious issues and pretend that they are doing so to "create conversation" and 'unlike' them on Facebook. I simply am not willing to support groups who are only interested in causing mayhem in the pursuit of clicks and, thus, advertising dollars, even if I agree with much of the rest of their content. (ThinkProgress, I'm talking about you.) While this is nothing new in the world of social media, it either seems as though it has kicked into high gear of late, or I have finally hit my tipping point. I am so much more interested in thoughtful, respectful, educated exchanges with people who are genuinely willing to listen to others and perhaps take a mental walk in someone else's shoes. Call it compassion. Call it open-mindedness. Call it what you want, but I'm building some boundaries around my world to keep out the folks who are more driven by being Right than they are by being Human.