So what is our responsibility on social media?
Being opinionated, as I am, and a former debater, which I loved, I have the inclination to want to argue and tackle all the topics that arise on my facebook page. And having a few good friends who are like-minded, it happens quite often. And I have no doubt it happens on other medias as well, Twitter, etc.
What is my responsibility as an agent/author when confronted with the opportunity to argue into the wee hours?
I keep a private friends and family page. I announce once every month or so (in the event new ‘friends’ have found my page) that it is a personal page, not a professional one. And that my opinions are there strictly for friends and family. AND that I am a very opinionated person. If this doesn’t frighten them off, then they’re welcome, if they see problems, hopefully they pass.
But even for our friends and family, we have some responsibilities, don’t we? I know a couple times I’ve crossed the line of opinionated to obnoxious, caught myself doing it, and apologized. That’s right. Apologies do still exist in the human actions/reactions. Just because we have the right to speak out, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the correct thing to do. When confronted with a topic that really puts a tack in my heel, I try to logically spell out my reason for taking an opposite stand which is tough because I lead with my emotions. I know…I know…debaters argue with logic. I try, I do. But my emotions tend to get in the way from time to time. So shoot me.
I’ve read some responses to articles online, to other folks’ comments, etc. and I have to admit, I’m never ready for the poison that comes so easily from a person’s mouth when they don’t have to face the individual they are taunting. The hatred is overwhelming at times. From Christians and non-Christians alike. Words we would never use when face to face fly off the keyboard faster than phony money at a mafia convention, and I’m left to wonder, would people really say this when confronted with the other person?
What is our responsibility on social media? We can certainly have our own opinions, but shouldn’t we still remember to treat others the way we want to be treated? Old motto, but corny? I don’t think so.