I Might Just Opt Out of Social Media for a While
Like many other people who are my peeps, I start my day off with some online news, peruse a couple of blogs, check Twitter (my tweeps), and sometimes even jump over to Facebook.
But I think that I am going to opt out of social media for the next month or so. For me, it’s pretty simple.
I am hatin’ the hatin’.
Believe me, I am a First Amendment guy. Most of the free world does not enjoy the freedoms that we do (read: China) when it comes to expressing individual opinion, especially via a vehicle that is targeted for mass distribution, like blogs, Twitter or Facebook. But for me, it’s depressing as hell to open up social media tools and see so much venom spewed regarding the upcoming elections. Again, see above — I am a First Amendment guy — but I am so tired of reading what are supposed to be either pithy or downright mean-spirited comments from both sides of the political aisle. It’s a depressing way to start the day.
- “If I was [sic] John McCain, I would have insisted that the debates not be shot in HD.”
- “All of the McCain-Palin signs have gone missing from my neighborhood. And I thought Obama transcended politics.”
- “My neighbor got a new McCain-Palin sign. In fact, now he has two. Take that Obama sign stealers.”
- “Example #4980 why Congress is broken: The bailout vote was technically on the “Paul Wellstone Mental Health & Addiction Equity Act of 2007.”
- “Is the economy fixed yet?”
- “Is there anything about McC that you find NOT hypocritical lately?”
All of these represent Tweets or status updates that I have seen in the last week – hence, my decision to try to Opt Out of Ugliness. You see, I have lived and worked in the nation’s capital since 1987 and have never — ever– seen such venom on both sides of the political aisle. I am pretty sure that it was always there, it is just that the social-media-Hyde-Park-Speaker’s-Corner-Soap-Boxes did not yet exist.
So for all of you out there who are exercising your constitutionally-given right to express your political views, have at it.
But I can’t believe that I would EVER quote him — but of all of people, Howard Stern often said “if you don’t like what you are hearing, turn the radio dial.” So for a while, I am out of the ugliness.