Nothing On The Internet Is "Private"

Nothing On The Internet Is "Private"

Seriously, it's 2016.
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Recently, there have been strings of events nationally, globally and within our immediate communities that have been created, amplified and blown out of proportion thanks to the popularity of social media. Social networking is the stuff that destroys relationships, workplaces and life-long reputations with just the click of a button. I still use social media anyway, don’t get me wrong. I use it to stay connected with friends and keep up on internship opportunities. I research and discuss political and cultural issues that are of interest to me, like not many people do, but should do. The Internet is a great platform on which to express your opinions and converse with like-minded individuals to further strengthen your knowledge base. That being said, it is also going to be an environment that if you put out a particular idea, I promise you that you will be met with dissenting viewpoints.

You can be well-read on your stance or you can know absolutely nothing about it and have an uninformed opinion--either way, both of those things are your right.

If you are going to discuss politics, religion, culture, etc. online, can you just do us all a damn favor and do your research before you go on your four paragraph Facebook rant, put your foot in your mouth and then complain when you experience backlash from your uneducated claims. It’s torture for all of us if we don’t unfollow your content. And by research, I don’t mean a compilation of your most recently favorited tweets relating to the subject. Look. It. Up. On credible sites that agree with your views, and also, those that don’t. Pretending that your opinions are the only ones that exist is essentially the same as being willfully ignorant. Don’t get caught with your pants down to then complain about it. If you’re not afraid to be challenged by others, come prepared.

If you’re somebody who can’t handle conflict or criticism, don’t send yourself to the doghouse by posting online until you’re ready to handle what comes of it. You know yourself better than anybody. In addition, if you’re interested in subtweeting, talking smack about people or whining online, be careful.

Whether your account is private or public, there is this very amazing technological invention called a screenshot--nothing you do is sacred or safe. Screenshots aside, there are lots of other sneaky, nifty ways that internauts have developed to keep tabs on the activity of one another online.

I’ll admit that I have done my share of whiny tweeting on my "private" account. However, I am also the type of person who has grown enough of a pair that if I have an issue with someone, I will speak to them in person. Sometimes I'll write something subtweet-ish and I'll delete or undo it because I recognize that I might as well behave as an adult and do this in person. Even if you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about but you still feel confrontational, I promise you that getting testy face-to-face is way more satisfying than doing it over social media. It also needs to be said that if you have a particular disdain for somebody based upon their political or social views, nothing you say to them will sway their opinion--whether they’re “wrong” or you’re “wrong”.

They will change their minds of their own volition if they feel your points are valid.

It’s difficult to be an impassioned advocate of a cause and have your arguments fall upon deaf ears. However, it is not our job to shove our ideologies down the throats of others, no matter how justified we may be. It is our job to educate one another and help orient our society in the direction of the morally just. For some, this comes in leaps and bounds. For others, this comes in baby steps. Just be aware of what you’re saying online, why you’re saying it and how you’re saying it. Even if you mean well by what you're writing, going about it with a good leg to stand on will help you avoid being mixed up in a situation you can't get out of. As much as we think we can get away with what we do online, the reality is that we can't.

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6 Things You Should Know About The Woman Who Can't Stand Modern Feminism

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2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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When It Comes To Politics, Agree To Disagree, Then Move On

Since when is it OK to attack other people because their political views are different than yours?

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Recently, it was election time, a time of year that I honestly hate. I feel like it truly brings out the worst in people. A time when we, as a very privileged country, get to exercise one of our many freedoms. A time that should remind us of how appreciative we should be to live in a country that has so many freedoms. Except, most people — as they do with many things nowadays — feel as if this is just a part of everyday life. Something they earned by just being a person, and something they expect to be given.

Do you people honestly realize that this is not a freedom everywhere?

Do you not realize that there are countries that people live in where they have absolutely no say-so in anything? So, to begin, why don't we all lose the sense of entitlement for once, and be a little grateful and appreciative that we are even given this freedom.

Secondly, does no one truly respect or care about anything our country was built upon? Our country was built upon the idea of a safe haven. An escape from persecution, from discrimination, from being treated less than people should be treated. Do you all realize that we are going back to exactly that? What happened to freedom of speech? Freedom of religion? No one respects either of those ideas anymore, it truly seems.

Everyone should be encouraged to vote, regardless of their opinions, because that is their freedom. Just because they view an issue differently than you, does not mean that they are wrong. And it definitely does not mean that you have the right to judge them, mock them, ridicule them, or persecute them for their beliefs. Who are you, honestly, to judge anyone? I am not perfect, you are not perfect, no one is perfect. We all come from different places with different ideas. Who is great enough to say whose idea is "correct?" Not any one of us.

The fact that people turn to hate over differing opinions is sad, immature, disappointing, and just downright ridiculous. You really think that hate is going to solve our problems? You really think that by hating each other and hurting each other, our country is going to get any better? And if not, then did I miss the memo about everyone pushing our country down the toilet? Because if we don't wise up, grow up, and come together, that is EXACTLY where our country will continue to grow. Some of you may want that, and if you do, you are the problem. If, however, you actually want our country to be something to be proud of, then make a change. It is not too late.

I myself try to do my part every day. I might disagree with a lot of people, and I am sure a lot of people probably disagree with me. But you know what is different? I don't hate them. I don't ridicule, or talk down to them. I try my best to treat them how I want them to treat me. I don't know what beliefs you may have. But in my religion, our God didn't put us here to judge. He put us here to love. No matter the race, gender, political affiliation, or even religion. He tells us to spread the word of Him and to love everyone openly and freely, and He will do the rest. Yes, you heard that right, even if they are of other beliefs than us. Even if you don't believe in God, I still think we should all follow this ideal. Not one of us is better than anyone else, so why do we feel we have the right to judge? In my opinion, we don't.

So how about we agree to disagree and MOVE ON.

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