Have we lost civility in social media? Yes we have

Today has made me realize that the social media echo-chamber is filled with idiots. Instead of looking for ways to advance our profession, we spend time with passive-aggressive posts and finger pointing at companies who do social media wrong. We use #fail and worst case study ever in our messaging. Seriously we should all be more focused on our day-to-day jobs than a train wreck of a small business in social media. <I know you thought it was hilarious and the best ever or whatever else Buzzfeed said>

We’re better than this.

Passive aggressive is a waste of time.

Making groups to take down and belittle folks who do social media wrong is bullying by another name. Doing it on Facebook and Twitter doesn’t make it right.

I challenge you to have the balls to write what you feel and look at positives instead of taking the easy route and criticizing what’s went wrong or who sucks.

As I write this rant, the only soundtrack that keeps playing is GNR’s Civil War…


4 Responses to Have we lost civility in social media? Yes we have
  1. CommProSuzi
    June 9, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    I’ll try to rise above. Really, I will. 🙂

  2. HugeHeadca
    June 17, 2013 | 10:34 pm

    What I’ve noticed about we humans is that the more densly packed we become, the less civility we show. Take a drive a couple of hours out of any major city, stop at one of those mega-service road side complexes and suddenly you find people holding the door for each other and giving rite-of-way in the parking…oh wait, that doesn’t happen, period.  But you see what I mean. I’m not trying to be too glib here. I just happen to think that whatever civility we had online came more from that sense of exploring and defining a big frontier and the power which comes from that experience being shared.

  3. jeffespo
    June 18, 2013 | 8:33 am

    HugeHeadca I see folks holding the doors all the time… parking not so much, but I see what you are getting at. I would also argue that the passive aggressiveness gets much larger when you can hide behind a keyboard.

  4. HugeHeadca
    June 18, 2013 | 8:47 am

    jeffespo HugeHeadca 
    Hi Jeff,  I think it’s practially a truism about people hiding behind KBs and letting their worst characteristics rule. We see it over and over again. Some of us, perhaps many of us lose that sense of empathy when we are not interacting in person or have no shared sense of need/dependancy. Of course, my point was a generalization.