All the Thoughts: Social Media Manners
Kel Tuesday, August 30, 2016 discussionI have thoughts about Twitter (and social media in general). They are too long to fit inside a tweet, and I haven't posted here in a bit, so blog. :)
In a nutshell, Twitter has become a very depressing place.
I'm not a huge social media user. I'm not on Twitter 24/7. I just check in once in a while when I'm bored, avoiding homework or responding to a mention. Yet in the last three weeks, I haven't been able to log on once without seeing the aftermath of some book community incident.
First of all, why? There are so many other productive uses for all this time and emotional energy and, correct me if I'm wrong, but it doesn't look like anybody comes out of these tiffs happier or healthier.
That aside, I love a good debate. Why else would I go to law school? ;) But there's a difference between sharing your opinion and attacking someone. When people operate as though their opinions or interpretations are the only ones to be had, and everyone else is wrong, stupid, bigoted, etc., it will cause friction. But people can disagree civilly. You may indeed be wrong, and I may tell you I think so. But I'll do it nicely. :) (Anyone else remember that famous "Roadhouse" line? Not "pain don't hurt." The other one.)
In social media (and in life), we need to be extra careful about assuming. Especially among book bloggers, we know that reading is a subjective experience. You can make an assumption about the writer's intentions, but it's not necessarily what the writer thought. If someone asks why you think/believe something, you don't have to explain your reasons. However, there's a difference between saying, "I'd rather not explain right now, but thanks for asking," and "YOU SUCK."
It sounds totally kindergarten, but...Golden Rule, anyone?
The way it looks right now, I'm tempted to unfollow people en masse and only keep the few people I regularly interact with who never clog my feed with drama. Personally, I don't have the energy for it right now. It's just...disappointing.
What are your thoughts? Is Twitter going the way of *shudder* Facebook?
Unrelated happy note: I finally got another participant for the first debate event I'm putting together! SO relieved to finally have this ironing itself out.
In other news, I've totally taken over the big stuffed chair in the law journal suite, where I routinely kick off my shoes, curl up and (attempt to) study. I also put a whole 12-pack of Dr. Pepper in the law journal fridge. At this rate, it will be gone in under a week. :)