Since when did social media become political media? I’m not against sharing ones political views, but I find my Facebook newsfeed has become inundated with posts and links for all sorts of diatribes and I’m starting to feel annoyed.
Yes, I know I can skip them, that I don’t have to read them. I also know that I value my friends’ opinions and want to keep current. (I have a hard time sitting and watching the news and don’t care to purchase a paper since our small town doesn’t offer much.) So I read some of the posts. Then I read some of the comments. That’s where I start to feel sick to my stomach. People denigrating others because of their opinions has become the norm, and it’s getting out of hand.
I realize that many of these issues are very personal for some, but that does not give anyone the right to resort to name calling and violence. If I consider something unjust but act unjustly in the expression of my resistance, am I just as guilty of injustice as the person against whom I am resisting? To promote an agenda of love and tolerance toward one group of people, but then respond with violence when the opposing side makes a statement, does not benefit your cause!
Sharing our views is part of what makes this country great, but can we try and be more civilized about it? And how many minds have been changed because they read something on Facebook? How many policies have been reversed because enough people shared the link? I have appreciated those who have shared information on how to contact their representatives when bills are up for a vote. That seems to me to be a great way to use social media in a positive way, but just getting on to rant about the latest thing done by this or that group seems less then productive.
Many people feel that the current political climate is bad, to say the least, but if all they do is sit at their computer and complain, it will not get better. Passive resistance is one thing, passive observation is quite another. So let’s get off our butts and do something! (If you’re wondering what I’m doing, I’ve started attending more school board meetings, since that is where my passion lies, and I am active in helping youth in my community).