Obviously there are some social conventions where a carefully crafted message is essential but I’m referring to the ad-hoc…the daily interactions we find ourselves in that tend to take on a more personal if not opinion based complexion.
With a tool as instantaneous as twitter..you can find your comfortable niche just as easily as you can stir the pot all in 140 ‘key’strokes or less. With a blog you can put yourself out there to be lauded or scrutinized, cheered or jeered all by simply collecting your thoughts, research or opinions and putting it out there for the world to see.
We’ve had a few years experience now with social media outlets like Facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc where we can enjoy a voyeuristic approach to looking in on someones musings and either get behind them, empathize or dismiss completely. I think it boils down to the carefully crafted message or the lack thereof.
I often wonder if I am employing too much of a filter in what I ‘put out there’ or perhaps not enough? Am I riding the fence too much or should I pick a side and see where that leads? Do I remain personally guarded in what seems like a fishbowl view of people’s authentic lives while mine is more of the one-way glass variety? Is there an abundance of ‘key’strokes to what I write when a more from-the-hip approach may have altered an interaction into something more..or considerably less?
In any event, I’m sure I will still employ the filter(s) I have grown accustomed to but I am going to endeavour to ease up on some of the more carefully crafted messages I communicate. Maybe I’ll choose more sides, exercise less caution in some respects and shoot from the hip as an initial reaction to a topic rather abstaining from feather-ruffling. I often admire many of you that take this approach and I can recognize the need in society for opposing viewpoints versus crowd-pleasers. I do believe that healthy debates make issues compelling while complacency rarely ever invites change. At the same time I hope to share more and to provide insight into what makes me, e. It may be of interest to some and I can foresee a personal benefit in doing so.