SOCIAL MEDIA & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
In August, I wrote a post debating whether too much positivity can be a negative thing. In this post, I mentioned how for me, and many others, social media platforms like Twitter can be miserable places at times, and recently I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Twitter is a platform that I’ve struggled to get along with for anything more than promotional purposes, and I’ve been trying to pinpoint why this is. I’ve realised that I’m reluctant to share my opinions, especially on any political or socially affairs, and this is all down to a fear of backlash. I recently saw a tweet bemoaning people’s enjoyment of ‘frivolous’ issues on their feeds, and suggesting that people should use their time and their voices to speak up about more important matters. It was definitely food for thought. I found myself questioning whether social media users have a responsibility to use their online presences as a catalyst for social change. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I found myself totally disagreeing with the idea.
I LIKE CLOTHES…
I’m a strong believer in the idea that the internet is what you make of it. It’s a big place, so there’s room for everybody to do what they enjoy, no matter how questionable their tastes. As for me, I like to engage in what might be the most frivolous activity of all. Namely, I twirl around in outfits I like while my boyfriend takes pictures of me so that I can upload them onto my fashion blog. I’m sure some people would like to tell me that I’m a self-centred airhead with little concern for the world outside my own bubble. Actually, I’m sure that if anybody looked at my photos without reading my posts or knowing anything about me, it might come across this way. However, a passion for fashion and an interest in social issues aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, most people can take interest in *gasp* a whole variety of things. Does that mean we should talk about them all on social media?
YOU DO YOU
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
To cut a long story short, I think it’s really, really great if people want to make their voices heard over social media. I think Twitter especially has been an amazing platform for encouraging conversation about politics, race, gender, LGBTQ+ and so many other social issues. However, do I think we all have a responsibility to use our presences on social media to talk about these matters? No, absolutely not. People can use social media however they like, as long as they are being decent, good people. I don’t care whether they’re interested in political commentary, League of Legends streaming or One Direction, as long as they go out into the world and make a difference when it counts. That’s far more important to me.
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Do you think we have a responsibility to use social media for the greater good? Let me know in the comments below!