It’s all about sharing & social communication. Right? Or, is it a mud wrestling match without winners?
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION: I Love Twitter, I Hate Twitter
By D.S. Mitchell
PC’s & cell phones keep us socially connected
I love Twitter. I hate Twitter. Love Twitter. Hate Twi….I know. If I sound a bit confused in my base emotions surrounding this global social sparring arena, I am.
My relationship with the Twitter platform reminds me of a couple bad relationships I’ve had in my life. I hate you, I love you, I apparently, “love to hate you”. When things are going great, heaven couldn’t be closer. However, when going sour, I would rather be at the collision of two planets.
I am sure social communication in the 21st century effects many of us the same way. There is something to be said about raging high adrenaline brought about by a nasty Tweet from Twitter, however it is usually like placing a pile of important documents on a table and turning on a fan. I forgot who said that, but I think it is applicable.
To all the clear thinking, intelligent, brilliant folks that hope for a more tolerant and inclusive world, that I have met “thru” Twitter I am so grateful for our friendship. I love tossing tweets back and forth with you, and I love you all. There are so many caring and committed people wanting to do everything they can do, to advance the Progressive agenda.
Spread of Belief
Using social media, using a variety of social platforms as well as Twitter to spread their heartfelt beliefs is the future of Progressivism. It is amazing how the Resistance formed within hours of Trump’s election and it has been primarily fueled by social media. Seventy per cent of us know that there is a better way for government to relate to its citizens than the current administration. Our goal is to use social communication to create a better life for the citizens of our country and the world.
Not all vicious attacks come from Russian trolls
The ‘I hate’ side of me, comes out when somebody in the audience decides to suddenly join in by launching a vile attack. Why would someone choose to do that? Hmmm. Good question.
Not all vicious attacks come from paid Russian trolls, I have decided. Many such Twitter ambushes are led by probably semi-normal human beings. The first thought is that the assailant is a natural-born bully. But that explanation, of course, does not cover the majority of cursing Grand Dads.
So What Is It?
Is it because the offender didn’t get any nookie last night, or did Mom yell at him, was he passed over for a promotion, did he have a fender bender, did his wife just leave him, or has he, or in some cases, she been drinking the orange Kool Aid?
Hard To Know
Many times it’s hard to know. I mean seriously, how can I tell? Leaving me often wondering what my best response should be. Each condition would demand a different response if I were in the same room and knew the underlying motives it wouldn’t be a media experience, it would be a one to one social experience.
The Words We Speak
Are our words are our legacy? Maybe, maybe not.
Who, the Hell knows? Are the angry emotions propelling those rapid little finger hits on the phone keys subverting the medium itself. Or, is it the deep intent of the medium creators, to stimulate backroom brawls. The very fact that I can’t see you, so you can’t see me, is powerful spinach for the online Popeye’s. So, you or I will say something disgusting and revolting because there are no consequences for our actions.
Maybe it’s just a response to our over regulated world that makes up yell at each other on Twitter. Whatever excuse we come up with for ourselves that excuse makes no sense if you are a person with a moral compass. Each of us are the words we speak, our words are our legacy. That sounds good, but how can we live by that?
Eye To Eye
It’s easier to be thoughtless and insulting, when an individual doesn’t have to look an opponent in the eye. I can tell by the tone of the tweets when things begin to go off the rails. Many of the folks in the cyber world are capitalizing every word in their response to me. I know at that moment someone, somewhere, on this rocky world are red-faced, white knuckled, and jaw grinding angry.
Always Be Nice?
Am I responsible for a calming, soothing approach toward an individual brandishing a sword and armed with an explosive device? Sometimes, the grandma in me wants to just sit down next to the person and put my arm around them and say something warm and fuzzy.
Baking or Boxing
Sadly, my grandma’ing experience is limited, but my brawler DNA is well-toned and fired-up most of the time. So, I intentionally take a break and bake a cake, or paint a picture. My intentions are good, if not all my Twitter responses.
Get It Out
Try dog walking, or volunteering.
All I’m saying is that, if someone is angry, they should be able to find enough self-control, to re-channel that rage, turn it to energy and go run a couple of miles, go for a swim, clean out the garage, wax the floors, do the laundry, walk the dog, VOLUNTEER. Get that unhealthy anger out, through exercise and accomplishment, and not attacking someone 5,000 miles away that you will never see. And I promise to do the same, EXCEPT when related to Donald Trump. Quite honestly, in the case of Trump, I refuse to make any such promise.
Play Fair, No Need To Bully
Being a bully, whether at work, on the playground, or on the web, is just ugly. It’s inexcusable. It is disgusting and it needs to stop. If you are angry and you want to increase the value of your argument, speak intelligently by knowing your facts, not just going with the last Facebook post you read. Be thoughtful in your comments, there is in most cases, two sides to every story. People will listen. People are ready for fresh and inspirational ideas and solutions. Make your social communication time count.