Being on social media is a head trip like no other. You get into people’s heads quickly on a variety of meaningful, as well as meaningless topics. There’s a lot to be learned about human nature in 140 characters or more.
A pattern I’ve seen over the years is most people have grown afraid to say what they really think about the state of music, politicians, our economy, or other sensitive issues in favor of political correctness. They will, however, post photos and graphics of puppies and kittens and flowers as a way of engaging with their fan base.
Social media is precisely where we should have discussions about national and global issues. But it’s not comfortable if someone decides to bash someone else for their opinion. And then there’s the controversial idea that our data is collected and stored which makes everyone uncomfortable.
But does playing nice instead of taking an even slightly harder line accomplish anything?
We don’t have to go so far as to remain anonymous, but we all sound like lapdog”yes” people. We don’t differentiate much between the next guy when we’re all so politically correct. What’s wrong with a vigorous and passionate discussion? Isn’t that who we are? Shouldn’t we be able to do that compassionately? Really intelligent people out there are making excellent points without hurting anyone. That’s the way it should be.
My apologies to anyone who engages with me on social media if I stand very firmly on certain issues. Staying on message is horribly yawning and one dimensional all the time.
What occurs to me more than anything if we are simply parroting other people’s content, mannerisms, and attitudes, do we not run the risk of becoming totally controllable?
For one, I have lived in a very free society where my opinions may not be popular or mainstream all the time, or at any time for that matter. But blending into the landscape was never an option. To be undistinguishable from every other voice is a form of one-dimensional oppression creatives cannot afford.
Remaining ambiguous, predictable and complacent has never helped anyone grow into something better.