Political Discourse Online

Social media can be really great for some stuff… but can also be really terrible for a lot of stuff. I have an old high school acquaintance that puts up somewhat politically charged posts online. When I see something that I don’t agree with, I always wonder what makes them think the way they think. I sometimes want to say something or ask, but I feel like the comment section of an Instagram posts isn’t the best place for that type of discussion. It could be an ok place, but it’s not, the culture won’t allow it to be.

It also has me thinking how easy it can be to be misunderstood when you only have so many characters to explain yourself. That combined with how accessible and visible shorter posts are contribute to the toxic and inflammatory environment of social media. What’s the solution? I don’t know. How can we change the culture? A good place to start may be, though it might be a lot to ask, is trying to be a little nicer to each other.

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