One of the things that has fascinated me most in these polarizing times is the extent to which people (including myself) spend so much of their time and energy trying to persuade others of their viewpoints.
Nowhere is this more apparent than social media, a cacophony of people shouting into the void. As Mike Drucker put it:
Not only are actual views policed by the online mob, but silence is policed too. We’ve all seen tweets along the lines of, “Don’t think I don’t notice all the [X type of people] not speaking up about [Y issue].”
Which got me thinking. Does speaking up online even accomplish anything?
We can all think of instances where a cacophony of voices led to real world action (and sometimes unfortunate mobs), so in the sense that one voice is joining many others, I can think of it being a vote for action.
But are we actually persuading anyone? Does it really matter to state your views online? Are we substituting the illusion of action for actual action?
What do you think?
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