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Never Wrestle with a Pig

January 22nd, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Some Personal Reflections on Posting on Social Media

Here are some practical guidelines I have learned over the years to try to make social media a positive experience. I try to practice these myself. Most of them I’ve learned from painful experience.

  • If you don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say anything.
  • Share things that others will be interested in. Nobody cares about what you ate for lunch or when you brush your teeth.
  • Check the sources on the things you share. Only share things from reputable sources. “internetkooks.com” is not a reputable source.
  • Don’t share things you know are not true unless you make that clear.
  • Do the best you can to make sure what you share is true. If you don’t know, make sure people know you don’t know. Are you really sure Phil Gramm is a Martian?
  • Don’t get caught up in media hype. Don’t validate the adage: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And a social media overreaction.” The “media” manufactures outrage to sell toothpaste.
  • Share things that educate. Share things that might make others’ lives easier or safer, or might inspire them, or might encourage them to think about things in a different way. Challenge people, but don’t insult them.
  • Only correct people if you know you’re right and only if the correction will make a positive difference. Everybody missspells things.
  • Don’t insult other people’s politics or religion. Nobody ever changed their political views or religious beliefs based on a Facebook meme. If you post a meme that shows Nixon dancing naked with Mao you might get a lot of “likes,” but have you really added anything worthwhile to the marketplace of ideas?
  • Some things are cute and some things are funny. But remember who your audience is. If you’re like me, you have a lot of friends with different backgrounds. What one group finds cute or funny others might not get. That’s what private groups are for.
  • Pointing out the flaws of others reflects badly on the one doing the pointing.
  • Exaggeration only weakens your argument.
  • I will post things that are religious because faith is a very important in my life. But I know many of my Facebook friends are not religious or practice different faiths so I try to post things that are both uplifting and reflect positively on the gospel. That doesn’t mean sugar coating or misrepresenting the gospel, but if my life doesn’t make the gospel seem attractive, how can I expect non-believers to be drawn to it? If I believe that the good news is good news then my aim ought to be to demonstrate how good it is.
  • I don’t expect non-Christians to agree with or adhere to Christian standards, and I’m not affected by whether they expect me to do the same with theirs. I think that’s what “coexist” means, and there’s no better place to practice it than Facebook.
  • I will respond to genuine disagreement in a civil manner, but I don’t respond to either direct or indirect offensive criticism of my beliefs. If someone’s offensiveness challenges my beliefs, they weren’t very well founded in the first place. “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Liking” something is not the same as doing something.

I hope this adds something positive. It’s not really comprehensive but you get the gist. If you don’t “like” the list, I won’t be offended.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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