My Facebook Feed is a Duck Dynasty War Zone and other Trials
The Duck Dynasty saga is all the rage - litterally.
Facebook is a war zone for opinion pieces.
Whenever a news story explodes into drama-queen-viral status my facebook feed becomes a minefield. All kinds of things have been setting it on fire recently - Paula Deen, Miley's bid for fame, and now the ever popular Duck Dynasty debate.
I tiptoe through the incendiary potential statuses and threads that appear. I inhale deeply and resist the urge to make inflammatory comments. This problem stems from having different beliefs than the majority of my social group.
The social media soap box offender-
Now, nobody wants to be that person. Right? No one wants to be that derided individual who turns facebook into their personal little soap box. I usually do my best to stick it out on the sidelines and ignore potential arguments that I could get into.
But today I snapped a little. I make the comment. The thread of course immediately acquired an array of different participants and ideas. To my surprise it also garnered a fairly logical and well thought out response by people who agreed and disagreed with my position.
Here is the kicker – maybe we just enjoy arguing about things on social media. Maybe it is not a sin to charge out there with an opinion. It might even be the case that we are a culture starved for debate. Media hype gives us the opportunity to argue about things which we enjoy. The war zone in social media can be seen as a debate club rather than something we need to shy away from.
Step out. Start an argument. Kick a taboo in the face.
My little soap box-
- I do not see A&E’s response to Phil Robertson as a violation of freedom of speech. He is free to say what he wants. A&E is free to fire him if their beliefs conflict with his. They are a private institution (not a Government institution) with a set of beliefs that differs from that of their employees. Since their reputation is dependent on that of their employees (like any other company) it makes sense that they would get rid of a team member who failed to represent them as they desire to be depicted. I once worked at a coffee shop where one of my co-workers got fired for telling a customer that the coffee was crap. Wonder of wonders! They didn’t want to keep him around. The company opinion was a little different, namely: “our coffee is not crap”.
- There is another story going around about a principal from a Catholic school who is being let go because he came out as gay. I would say that the institution has the right to let him go. Their beliefs are in conflict and they should part ways as amicably as possible.
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