I don’t think I can claim to be part of the “grew up” in social media culture. I was a “grown up” by the time I finally opened a Twitter page and apart from conversing about books in those early days or gushing over a favorite new British drama, I didn’t encounter “bad” on the popular platform. Now it’s all about pushing agendas and highlighting any account that plays by the ever changing rules of what content “creation” looks like. After reading a quote on Instagram, it got me to thinking, as is usual, specifically about learning to be bold in this kind of landscape.
The quote is one that encourages us to be “so bold” in standing up for truth that the “world which hates you takes note.” This is part of a speech Alex Clark gave that I found in a quote graphic via an Instagram page. It’s really good advice for a couple of reasons. One being, yes, we should all strive to be bold and unafraid of what that may look like even if the narrative is against you. The second is, it’s most right in that Truth needs to be universally acknowledged and embraced again.
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The dim view I have of social media is something I have been bold about. I continue this trek because I am bold about it. I think social media has done more harm than good to culture and in general, relationships. When it does come to social media, I also have this intense belief that we should be particular about what we put out there. This isn’t due to shame, rather because it goes back to big tech having too much “power” over the kind of content they push out and their beliefs. I see so many people post to Instagram stories after putting in a ton of work on their account only to see zero growth or boost in the algorithm. Additionally I think we focus way too much on the million, thousands or even hundreds in our follower count with a keyboard and anonymity rather than relationships.
Like truth being scoffed at, this too is a whole thing that social media runs with and embraces. It’s not something I agree with.
Instead what I do agree with is working hard to be bolder. To feel confident in living in the way that respects and honors truth. Truth is important. If we lose truth then we lose so much in society. Where there is no truth, there’s no freedom. Where there’s no freedom, there is no foundation. It’s becoming hard to feel good about having social media conversations. This isn’t because I feel like there aren’t good people there rather because no one wants to engage on social media about potentially “controversial” topics. Or this is my limited experience.
Being bold is something I’ve had to work on through the years. This because I was a pretty shy kid not because boldness is wrong. For me, it’s not unlike wearing a bold color that I may not be as comfortable in. But it’s something I need to do to help teach me things and though it may be minor, it’s good to shake up comfortable. Sometimes we have to get uncomfortable to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I also heard someone say, and this is paraphrasing because I cannot find her quote, that it isn’t about “my” or “your” truth, it’s only truth. There’s only the Truth and while we can have opinions on that, we cannot change truth.
This idea of truth being controversial is sad. It’s a sign of a culture feeling lost. Truth can be uncomfortable, yes. But this idea that we cannot talk about truth because of that is helping in the decline. I’m not sure what being bold looks like completely in this culture. However, being quiet isn’t bold. Part of being bold in truth is learning to debate your point; defend your point; and to be ok with criticism. However when there’s truth as the objective, hopefully, this makes things just a little bit easier.
What are your thoughts on learning to be bold? Have you learned this? Do you want to? What advice did you receive in standing firm? How do you feel about sharing all the things on social media? Comment all the comments. Let’s chat.
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