There is a line that I sometimes don’t know which side to sit on. One on side I decide to close my mind, eyes and Twitter feed off voices that I think are bringing division to the world. Even just people who believe wholeheartedly that theirs is the correct stance.
Sometimes these people are evil, racist and led by fear. Sometimes they are genuinely good people but who are missing a significant part of the puzzle or just can’t see it. Or don’t want to.
Then I remember that the people I view in this way, definitely have the same opinion of me. Continue reading
In the last few weeks, I went through a mini cull on Twitter, choosing to unfollow several people for various reasons. Before I unfollowed them I tried to think about why I wanted to unfollow these people. There are I believe very good reasons to unfollow or not to unfollow people or accounts that you don’t agree with or who are trolling or generally creating a negative attitude in your Twitter feed.
In the world we live in today it is easier to put your voice out there than in anytime in history before. Anyone can publish their opinions as a blog or as a tweet. We can share pictures instantly with anyone, anywhere around the world. It is pretty amazing when you think about it.
One of the ways that social media has been particularly beneficial is through the spreading of ideas. More so, the spreading of ideas that can change people’s lives for the better. Sometimes, something comes along that goes viral. Not since the invention of the television have we seen anything with quite the same effect as the internet has had on news and media.
You may remember two years ago when Invisible Children launched their Kony 2012 campaign. Continue reading
I followed a conversation on twitter yesterday that made me want to write a post in response. It was about an issue that is kind of a big deal these days for Christians but I’m not going to say what it was because it’s beside the point.
If I name the issue I will probably start a debate rather than discussing how we deal with disagreements. Which is what I want to get at. Continue reading
I for one am glad that twitter is a thing.
I am able to publish posts on my blog and then share them with people. Sometimes they get read, sometimes not. But I have a place where I can share my ideas which will hopefully resonate with others who will be inspired. This is when social media is at its best. When people are moved and educated and inspired to act.
It is at it’s worst when people use it to demean, insult and ridicule people.
It’s easy to do this because we don’t have to actually face the person we are attacking. Rarely is dialogue fruitful in the sense that conversation can lead to thoughtful and open discussion. The manner in which it is played out is where the difference between the life giving discussion I have described and a bitter descent into name calling can be created.
So how do we dialogue on twitter in a way that is helpful and productive?
Here are a few ideas that I think could have aided various discussions I have been privy to on twitter recently. Continue reading
Writing funny is by far and away one of the most difficult styles of writing.
It’s hard. It’s hard to sit down and craft words into a way that will build up a setting and then knock you down laughing. Ideally in a way you never saw coming. That is why most of my blog is not funny. At least not intentionally. It’s much easier for me to write about something I am thinking about naturally or a burning issue of the day.
It’s not so easy to write comedy. See that sentence wasn’t even remotely humorous. Continue reading