Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Why Bother?

 We've sort of centered our TV watching this past week or so on various aspects of the political scene--mainly the debate, plus posts on the President's health (both accurate and glaringly slanted) and that of others.  

I've also read some of the online posts, which isn't wise if you're watching your blood pressure, and even some of the comments, which is a definite no-no. I seem to be unable to keep from doing these things, even though I know that they don't mean a lot. The best advice about social media was given to me long ago, and although I believe it and try to practice it, it's hard. A person wiser than I told me, "You don't have to enter into a fight with every post that takes a differing view from yours." Very few, if any, disagreements are settled via social media posts.

In that case, why bother? What I try to do is see if there is anything new that I don't already know--but I use the search facility to see if it's accurate or not. And if the information isn't backed up, I simply put it in the category of "tell it enough times and see if you can get someone to believe it." That's a well-known maneuver that goes back many years.

Some "polls" are fair, some unfair, and a few are actually designed to keep people from voting ("suppression polls"), thinking "what's the use?" So I take them with a grain of salt. And social media is part of today's fabric, and I can't let it go completely--just as sometimes I don't take my own advice, and thus, try to correct a false post.

What's your stand regarding social media? I'd like to know. 


Priscilla Bettis said...

It is too addictive for me. (Seriously, I'm not saying that flippantly.) I have my blog, and that's it. If I had FB, Twitter, IG, etc., I'd never have any time to write. Yeah, I know, the selling-your-brand thing, but social media is not worth it to me if I fry my brain (or get riled up politically) in order to sell a book.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, lately I've come to the conclusion that if people decline to buy my books because of my political beliefs, freely expressed, then I don't care. As you say, it's not worth it. Thanks for your comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

I don't do a lot of social media. Today, I checked my newsfeed in FB once...twitter...although I post there, I never "visit"...Pinterest...nope...Instagram...rarely...

This is mostly because I don't have time. If I don't watch it, I can get sucked in on any of the social media platforms and two hours will pass and that's all I've done.

Nancy said...

I can't be bothered with social media. In my opinion it's just not worth the time and effort.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I think maybe you and Nancy have the right idea--it's just a big time-waster, and the less we're involved in it, the better.
Thanks to you both for commenting.