It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.
The closer we get to Election Day, the more people seem to ignore this saying. It makes a person want to avoid the Internet altogether. In the days before Facebook, people used to complain about the constant mudslinging coming from politicians. Now we do it for them.
The anonymity of commenting on a YouTube video or on message boards provides users with the courage to be as crass as possible, but now that attitude is spilling over onto social networking where everyone knows who you are.
I have seen far too many arguments start over some snarky meme that evolves into a serious war of words between friends, sometimes even ending friendships. I have also seen polite, reasonable exchanges of ideas, but I think that was just once. No one’s political opinions were ever changed by a sarcastic post.
Maybe I am being too sensitive and taking this too seriously, but I don’t think so. Every election cycle we are given promises by politicians that their terms will see bipartisan cooperation, and those promises almost always fall flat.
We live in an era where the opportunity to discuss ideas and come to middle grounds on issues is more possible than ever before. Let’s take advantage of that by applying a little bit of personal responsibility. We may be surprised where it gets us.